French justice announced this Friday the opening of a preliminary investigation for violation and sexual assault against the former minister and figure of the French ecologist Nicolas Hulot after the accusations of several women in a television report.
The investigations seek to "determine whether the facts denounced can be considered as a criminal offense and, having seen the seniority of them, has prescribed the public action," explained the prosecutor of Paris, Laure Becucuau, in a statement.
At least six women, including a minor at the time of facts, accuse the former television presenter and former ecological transition minister of violations or sexual assault between 1989 and 2001. He denies it.
The issuance includes the testimony of the Ecologist Filito Claire Nouvian and recalls the demand for violation that in 2018 presented the granddaughter of former President François Mitterrand, Pascale Miterrand, and who was archived when prescribing the crime.
The eve of its diffusion, Hulot flatly denied these accusations in the BFMTV chain and announced that it was "definitely" of public life, to protect its relatives and the foundation that bears its name from a "lynching".
The Prosecutor's Office of Paris systematically opens research on the accusations of sexual agensions against minors, even if the facts seem prescribed, to verify them and seek possible crimes that can still be judged.
Nicolas Hulot was an ecological transition minister in the first cabinet of the Liberal President Emmanuel Macron, a position he left 15 months later in August 2018 after criticizing the lack of government ambition.Updated Date: 26 November 2021, 14:00