Fifty gatherings feminists are organized this Friday against “the reorganization of shame,” and in particular the appointment of Gérald Darmanin to the ministry of the Interior.
This does not pass : that which is now the first cop of France is in fact the subject of an investigation for rape, even if there were in reality two ” business Darmanin “. The first is still in progress and causes the anger of women’s associations. What is it exactly ?
First survey in 2017
A first preliminary investigation was opened in the spring of 2017 and made public in the media in January 2018. It concerns events dating back to 2009. Then chargé de mission in the legal affairs department of the UMP Gérald Darmanin was seen soliciting a favor from the hand of a young woman who wished to revise his criminal record. According to the complainant, Sophie S., he would have dangled its support in exchange of another type of favours, sexual means. The evening was in every case complete in a parisian hotel.
Gérald Darmanin, who has also filed a complaint, for false accusation, sees in a first time the case is closed with no response, the woman concerned does not meet the summons of the investigators. Gold in January 2018, Sophie S. if new address to the public prosecutor of Paris and files a complaint with constitution of civil party of rape, sexual harassment and abuse of trust.
Non-place and recovery investigations
The public prosecutor is reopening a preliminary investigation for rape. There is at this stage no consideration. On August 16, 2018, on the requisitions of the public prosecutor, the investigating judge makes an order of non-lieu, explaining, inter alia, that :
The case therefore remains there until 14 November 2019. At this date, it is the Court of cassation, seeking reconsideration of the validity of the non-place.
Finally, on the 11th of June last to the Court of appeal of Paris ordered the resumption of the investigations, but more to a question of procedure. There are no new items in the folder, but the court considered that the investigating judge would not have had, in August 2018, “to rely solely on the results of the preliminary investigation” in making its decision of non-lieu.
A second case classified without continuation
Gérald Darmanin has been the subject of a complaint, in February 2018. The site Médiapart published the testimony of a young woman explaining that she felt “obliged” to have a sexual relationship with the one who is the then minister of the Action and of the public accounts to get a job and a home. When a complaint is filed for abuse of weakness, Gérald Darmanin speaks of slander and fights on RTL :
Opened in February, the preliminary investigation is closed without a result in may of the same year, the public prosecutor considered that the investigation had not enabled us to characterize in all its constituent elements of a criminal offence.
A minister is always supported
So yes, there is a procedure pending against the new minister of the Interior. But it is not inconsistent with his appointment, as explained by the prime minister, Jean Castex at the microphone of Jean-Jacques Bourdin this week :
Already in January 2018, at the time of the reopening of the investigation for rape, the prime minister had been officially informed that Gérald Darmanin had ” the full confidence of the prime minister “.
In mid-June, the spokesman of the government Sibeth Ndiaye had renewed the support to the minister, recalling that ” the decision of the Court of cassation intervened on matters of form “. As to the keeper of the Seals Nicole Belloubet it had simply said ” justice will take its course “, while failing to highlight that ” Gérald Darmanin is an excellent minister of the budget.”
A ” negative message “
But since then, Gérald Darmanin has come up in the ranks in the government, appointed minister of the Interior. A decision which has not failed to respond the lawyers of Sophie S :
Me Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon and Me Marjolaine Vignola also believe that “this political gesture, which it is hard to imagine that it has been done without the full backing of the Elysee “is a” negative message sent to the Great cause of the quinquennium, the cause of women “.