The appointments of Gérald Darmanin, accused of rape, at the Ministry of the Interior, and Eric Dupond-Moretti, very critical of the #MeToo movement, to justice do not pass. Feminist rallies are announced on Friday July 10 in several cities in France after the government reshuffle. In Paris, the demonstration must take place in front of the town hall from 6 p.m., at the call of the Feminist Committee of the students of the university of Paris-I, supported by the collective #Noustoutes.
“Three years after #MeToo, the French State has once again shown that the well-being and safety of women is not a priority. (…) What message does the French government send to women hesitant to file a rape complaint? “, write the organizers on Facebook. More than 8,000 people had declared Friday their intention to participate.
As of Tuesday, during the transfer of power between Christophe Castaner and Gérald Darmanin, feminists had carried out several punching actions, chanting “Darmanin rapist!” “ and holding up signs “Darmanin inside, you flare yourself with our complaints”…
In Lille, where a hundred people had already mobilized Tuesday evening in the Place de la République to denounce the “Shame reshuffle”, a new meeting is given on the Grand-Place to request the “Resignation” of the two ministers.
Other gatherings are planned in front of the courthouses in Marseille and Grenoble, place de l’Hotel-de-Ville in Rennes, in front of the prefecture in Angers, as well as in Nantes and Caen.
The new interior minister said Thursday “Have the right to the presumption of innocence”, highlighting “That there have been three court decisions, two preliminary investigations have been closed without prosecution and a dismissal rendered by two investigating judges”.
Gérald Darmanin: investigations resume
Gérald Darmanin was accused in 2017 of rape by a woman, Sophie Patterson-Spatz, who requested it in 2009, when he was project manager in the legal affairs department of the UMP (party which became LR), in an attempt to to quash a 2004 conviction for blackmail and malicious calls against an ex-boyfriend.
According to her statements, Mr. Darmanin made her show her support, and she felt compelled to “Go to the pan”. Mr. Darmanin acknowledged sexual intercourse with this woman but, according to him, freely consented.
Initially closed without follow-up, the procedure was relaunched by the Paris Court of Appeal which asked at the beginning of June for new investigations.
For his part, Eric Dupond-Moretti notably estimated in 2018 “To whistle at a woman becomes a criminal offense, it’s mind-boggling”, in full debate on the creation of a crime of sexist contempt.