The journey of Macron’s new government with the minister accused of rapist


Two women accused Solidarity Minister Damien Abad of sexual assault 10 years ago. He defends himself by saying that it is “impossible” to have suffered from a bone disease.

Damien Abad, on his arrival at the Council of Ministers in Parry
Damien Abad, upon his arrival at the Council of Ministers in Paris.AP

“This government is, above all, a government that takes action,” he said this Monday Emmanuel Macron , shortly before the start of his first Council of Ministers. The French president intended it to serve to highlight his priorities for legislative elections in June, but this Monday the real hero is in Elsie. Damien Abado, the new Minister of Solidarity. Abad, who previously held the position of republican (conservative) president in the French National Assembly, has been accused of rape by two women.

Investigative newspaper Mediapart disclosed the testimony of the complainants last Saturday. Chloe (not her real name), 41, met Abad at a mutual friend’s wedding in 2010. Sitting at the same table, they chat and according to the woman’s text, he begins to “push a little”. Abad tries to meet her on several occasions, she declines the offer, but later, agrees to meet for a drink. They meet at a bar in Paris, she remembers drinking a glass of champagne and then waking up the next morning in a hotel room, In underwear and with a feeling of being intoxicated. “My body was falling asleep and painful,” Chloe tells the newspaper above, taking several months to accept that “what happened was a rape” and that she lived with “anguish” for years, trying to overcome it. hopeless at.

Other testimony gathered by Mediapart is that of 35-year-old Margaux, who came in 2017 to condemn the now minister for rape. The events date back to 2010. After meeting, the two began to flirt over messages, but they had soaring vocals and stubbornness. Finally, one night they meet for dinner and have a sexual relationship, theoretically consensual, but, when the woman wants to end it because he becomes insistent and somewhat violent, Abbott tells her ( According to Margaux’s account). A rape complaint was filed, but the Observatory of Sexist and Sexual Violence assured that it warned both Abad’s party, The Republicana and La Repubblica en Marcha, that the allegations made by both women led by Macron constituted had gone. He didn’t get any response.

Now the Solidarity Minister reacted last weekend, denying all allegations. He says this is impossible because of his “disability”. Aabad has been diagnosed with arthrogryposis, a congenital disease that affects joints and mobility.

“There can be no punishment”

“I’m going to be very clear. There can be no exemption to all these issues of harassment, sexual harassment,” the prime minister said last weekend. Elizabeth BourneWithout Macron himself talked about it.

The case raises the question of what should be done by the parties when cases of sexual abuse come to light. actually journalist taha bauhafs A few days ago he withdrew his candidacy for the legislative elections for France’s Insumisa party Jean-Luc MlenchonAfter being accused of “sexual harassment” by several women.

Surprisingly (or maybe not), one of the few people to come out in defense of Abad is Eric Zemor, a former far-right candidate for Alsou and who has also been accused of sexual abuse. “I am in favor of respecting the notion of innocence,” he said in an interview.

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