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‘Slap within the face’: Protesters rally in opposition to Macron-backed new French inside minister accused of rape

‘Slap in the face’: Protesters rally against Macron-backed new French interior minister accused of rape


Ladies’s-rights activists took to the streets in Paris and different cities in France to decry the appointment of Gerald Darmanin as inside minister. Darmanin is topic to an ongoing rape investigation.

Dozens of activists bearing indicators condemning Darmanin and rape tradition normally greeted the brand new inside minister as he arrived in Dijon early on Friday. He was visiting the capital of Burgundy with Prime Minister Jean Castex to point out assist to the native police after the town was rocked by large riots final month.

A nonetheless bigger crowd protested the controversial cupboard appointment in Paris in a while within the day, with the demonstrators branding Darmanin “a minister of disgrace.”

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Feminist group Nous Toutes, which organized the motion, mentioned it deliberate to stage rallies in different cities throughout the nation, in addition to in entrance of French embassies in London, Sydney, Montreal, Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, and Tel Aviv.

Nous Toutes nationwide coordinator Pauline Baron mentioned that Darmanin’s appointment was “a slap within the face” for the victims of sexual abuse all over the place.

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The minister strongly denies raping Sophie Patterson-Spatz in 2009. She contacted Darmanin for authorized assist in overturning a suspended sentence for blackmail. He insisted their intercourse was consensual and accused Patterson-Spatz of slander.

The rape case was initially dismissed by the court docket, however the inquiry resumed final month, after a collection of appeals. Now, within the newest twist, in his new function as inside minister, Darmanin will technically be answerable for the very folks investigating his case.

The federal government’s spokesman defended Darmanin’s candidacy, saying his guilt or in any other case hasn’t but been confirmed, and that he “advantages from the presumption of innocence,” similar to every other French citizen.

One other cupboard appointment that angered the feminists was that of Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti, who had beforehand criticized the #MeToo motion. He mentioned it was good in that it allowed girls to talk out, however complained about “loopy women” intentionally ruining the lives of males who can’t then even defend themselves for worry of being immediately branded ‘responsible’ on social media.

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