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After the suspension of Joël Guerriau, Edouard Philippe (here in March 2023) will call Sandrine Josso
POLITICS – Immediate reactions. Senator Joël Guerriau, suspected of having drugged a deputy without her knowledge and indicted on Friday, was suspended on Saturday November 18 by the group Les Indépendants in the Senate, after having been suspended by his Horizons party.
“Immediately, the Independents group in the Senate, which met today (Saturday), decided, in accordance with its statutes, the suspension of Senator Guerriau (…) and the initiation of a procedure disciplinary action which could lead to exclusion”indicates the group Les Indépendants – République et Territoires (Lirt) in a press release published early Saturday afternoon.
A little earlier, the Political Bureau of Horizons, the movement led by Édouard Philippe had also decided the immediate suspension of the senator, and the launch of “a disciplinary procedure which could lead to permanent exclusion. » The party also informed AFP that the former Prime Minister was going to call the complainant Sandrine Josso, MoDem MP.
The senator placed under judicial supervision
Contacted by AFP, the Senate presidency did not immediately react to these announcements. Joël Guerriau, 66, has been elected to the upper house since 2011. He sits on the Senate Bureau as Secretary and serves as vice-president of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces Committee.
The group Les Indépendants, partly composed of senators from the Horizons party, has 18 members including Joël Guerriau since the senatorial renewal of September 2023. The senator was indicted for “administration to a person, without their knowledge, of a substance likely to impair their discernment or control of their actions to commit rape or sexual assault”and placed under judicial supervision Friday evening.
According to the Paris prosecutor’s office, the complainant felt ill after having a drink on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday at the Parisian home of the senator, with whom she did not have an intimate relationship.
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