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Targeted by Sandrine Rousseau, Gérald Darmanin proposes to make public discussions with the ecologist – RT in French

The minister assured to have messages proving that the environmental candidate had approached to be appointed director of the IRA of Lille. The team of the latter judge that making these exchanges public would constitute “a violation” of the law.

Gérald Darmanin did not appreciate the attack by Sandrine Rousseau against him on September 5, and proposed this September 8 to unveil exchanges between the candidate for the EELV primary and him, relating to a possible appointment at the head of the ‘Regional Institute of Administration of Lille.

On the occasion of the debate between the contenders for the ecological nomination for the 2022 presidential election, the former spokesperson for EELV pointed to the appointment to the government of a minister “accused of rape”, a “humiliation” for ” the movement of thousands of women ”, of which she is a part,“ who fought against gender-based violence ”, and which pushed her to become a candidate. A reference to the current Minister of the Interior therefore, who, accused since 2017 by a woman of rape, sexual harassment and breach of trust, was placed in mid-December 2020 under the status of assisted witness in this case.

Gérald Darmanin was questioned about Sandrine Rousseau’s statement on September 8 on France Inter, and his response was scathing. “Madame Rousseau makes people laugh at her expense, I’m not going to add more”, he began before, precisely, to add: “She did not have the same vision of me when she came to me. ask to be appointed director of the IRA of Lille when I was minister of the public service [de 2017 à 2020]. “

“If she wishes, we can publish the appointment and appointment requests. She was very upset that I did not choose her and when I see her public statements, I was right not to propose her appointment to train new officials, ”continued Gérald Darmanin. “It’s ridiculous and for the rest, Madame Rousseau caricatures herself,” he concluded, referring to the multiple controversies triggered by the candidate for the primary environmentalist in recent weeks.

“A clear violation of the law” according to the entourage of Sandrine Rousseau

Sandrine Rousseau’s campaign team responded to the Huff Post that the Minister of the Interior had, according to her, committed “a clear violation of the law” by proposing to make public exchanges with the ecologist. “While Gérald Darmanin, Minister accused of rape, should never have been Minister of the Interior, it is unacceptable that the first cop of France publicly claims to be able to violate the law”, denounced the entourage of the candidate , who “officially asks for his resignation from the Ministry of the Interior.”

Another contender for the EELV nomination, the mayor of Grenoble Eric Piolle defended his environmental colleague, arguing that “the disclosure of private correspondence by a person holding public authority is punishable by 3 years in prison and € 45,000. fine”. “Fortunately the law protects us from your shameful procedures”, wrote on Twitter the mayor of Grenoble for the attention of the former city councilor of Tourcoing.

This is not the first media clash between Gérald Darmanin and Sandrine Rousseau. The latter had affirmed on February 10 on France 5 that the minister and Olivier Duhamel (president of the National Foundation of Political Sciences, resigned in February 2021 following an accusation of sexual abuse of a minor) had “blocked the road For the presidency of Sciences Po Lille, by voting against it on the board of directors because of its feminist positions.

Passing a week later on the same set of France 5, Gérald Darmanin had estimated on February 17 that the words of Sandrine Rousseau were “defamatory”. “Madame Rousseau, she tends to think that when she does not succeed it is because of others”, he replied at the time.

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