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France: Former Minister Pierre Joxe again accused of sexual assault

2019-11-13T22:36:42.310Z

The Paris prosecutor's office announced Wednesday, November 13 to have opened a preliminary investigation against the former Interior Minister Pierre Joxe for acts of harassment and sexual assault.



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Former Interior Minister Pierre Joxe (here in 2012) denounced a "fantastic" story. Thomas SAMSON / AFP

The Paris prosecutor's office announced Wednesday, November 13 to have opened a preliminary investigation against former Interior Minister Pierre Joxe for acts of harassment and sexual assault.

At five days of a defamation suit against a young woman who had accused him of sexual assault, Pierre Joxe finds himself facing new charges. These come from a former carer who worked at the home of this pillar of the Mitterrandie between September 2017 and December 2018, to care for his wife, suffering from a heavy degenerative disease and now deceased.

In her complaint, the 40-year-old Haitian claims that the 84-year-old former Minister of the Interior first installed " a climate of uncertainty (...) about the durability of his employment contract. ". He then touched himself " in a repetitive and daily manner ", so that "he was forced to resort to a work stoppage on July 2, 2018 to avoid Mr. Joxe's constant assault. which became more and more urgent and rude .

Seized of this complaint for "sexual assault" and "sexual harassment", filed Tuesday, the Paris prosecutor announced Wednesday evening to have opened an investigation, entrusted to the Paris judicial police.

Charges already in 2017

" As if by chance, this story, even more incredible than the other, arrives a few days before the court hearing in Paris, because the file in front is empty, " reacted Pierre Joxe, joined by Agence France- Hurry. " The handling that is going on will be easy to dismantle, " he assured.

On November 18, the former minister will indeed be in the Paris Criminal Court where he defamed Ariane Fornia, daughter of former Sarkozy minister Eric Besson. In October 2017, at the height of the #MeToo wave, the young woman accused the former president of the Court of Auditors of having assaulted her during a performance at the Opéra Bastille in Paris in March 2010, in repeatedly putting his hand on his thigh. Prescribed facts.

Pierre Joxe had denounced " a fabric of untruths " and asked " a written and public apology ", which the writer had refused to do. " Not only will he not apologize, but I absolutely maintain everything I said, " she said to this figure on the left, several times a minister and a former member of the Constitutional Council.

(With AFP)

Source: rfi

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