Implicated for his behavior towards women, Eric Coquerel castigates “unfounded rumors” – RT in French

In a column published in the JDD on July 2, the rebellious deputy Eric Coquerel defends himself from accusations about his behavior towards women. He denounces in particular “unfounded rumors” and does not rule out filing a complaint.

The deputy LFI Eric Coquerel, elected Thursday, June 30, president of the Finance Committee of the National Assembly, denounces in a tribune at the Sunday newspaper on July 2 of “unfounded rumors” regarding his behavior towards women.

“I am making this forum to affirm that I have never exercised physical or psychological violence or coercion to obtain a report, which characterizes the gateway to criminal behavior in the field of gender-based and sexual violence”, writes Eric Coquerel, saying to himself “forced to speak for the first time”.

The committee against sexual violence of La France insoumise had defended on June 30 the deputy Eric Coquerel, elected president of the Finance Committee of the National Assembly, against “rumors about his behavior with women”, ensuring that he had never received a report about it.

“Several editorial offices have carried out journalistic investigations”, underlines the deputy, a very close to the leader of LFI Jean-Luc Mélenchon: “Nothing has ever come out for lack of having found a testimony which could be akin to criminal behavior, has a fortiori criminal”, defends the deputy. “This rumor was however revived by an investigation into sexism at LFI in the newspaper chat in September 2018. The journalist evokes two brief anonymous testimonies about a deputy also anonymous guilty of “slippages, bordering on harassment””, can we read. “I was not overly worried at the time of this article which was said to concern me, because it was visibly sloppy,” he added.

Figure of the Yellow Vests, Sophie Tissier seizes the committee against sexist and sexual violence of LFI

Therefore, writes Eric Coquerel, “how to react to a rumor which is not based on any complaint, no report to the internal unit of LFI, despite frequent calls and press releases from LFI to be able to do so, no public testimony, no results of serious journalistic investigation in more than five years but of which it is explained that only the silence of LFI and its refusal to carry out an investigation would explain it?

The deputy also explains that he felt compelled to speak out, for the first time publicly, following an intervention on RTL this week by the essayist and activist Rokhaya Diallo. The latter then mentioned, without further details, “sources within LFI” questioning the behavior of Eric Coquerel.

Despite her denials, a figure of the Yellow Vests, Sophie Tissier, announced on July 3 on Twitter that she had seized the LFI committee against sexist and sexual violence.

She is the first woman to seize this committee, after declaring the day before on Twitter: “I know because I suffered. I attest. [Eric] Coquerel stalker with sticky wandering hands and inappropriate assaults in 2014 during the summer universities of the [Parti de Gauche]. I felt a deep unease I didn’t know where it would stop. I had clearly expressed my refusal to him. He didn’t care.”

A testimony reinforced by that of the videographer-youtubeuse Tatiana Ventôse who claims to have witnessed the facts.

reacting to this accusation on BFMTV on July 3, the deputy of La France insoumise does not rule out the possibility of filing a complaint: “I do not rule out filing a complaint for defamation, just as the movement is planning to file a complaint complaint [contre] all the people who have been spreading absolutely unverified, absolutely made-up slander on Twitter and social media for some time.”


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