During a visit to Gaillac (Tarn), on Thursday, Emmanuel Macron was challenged by a young lady about two ministers who were accused of rape. "Why do you put men accused of rape or violence against women at the head of state? This one was launched in her twenties during a walkabout by the president.
The head of state stopped the procession, and got out of his car to meet several dozen people who were behind a barrier. The liberation speech: "I accompanied her and will continue to accompany them, to protect her." He replied, "But at the same time, you must have the presumption that innocence to function in society." After that, the cries of "liar", and "you are absolutely unacceptable" were heard.
The head of state continued to shake hands, seemingly unperturbed. "How are you doing? ", "How are you? He asked the residents. Gerald Darmanin (Minister of the Interior) was the subject of a complaint of rape. The case was first dismissed and then relaunched by the prosecution. At the beginning of 2022, the prosecution asked for dismissal. Following a February letter from the Observatory for sexist or sexual violence (an association formed in the wake the #MeToo movement), Damien Abad, newly appointed Minister of Solidarity is now accused of sexual violence. The Paris prosecutor's office decided not to open a preliminary investigation in this case because it did not have the "elements" necessary for the victim to be identified.