Reacting to the accusations of sexual assault and rape against his ex-minister Nicolas Hulot, Emmanuel Macron wanted there to be neither "opacity", "complacency" or "inquisition" with regard to the former Minister of Ecology, but only "the efficiency of justice", he declared, according to statements reported by the Council of Ministers.

“The government's position on this subject is constant.

We will never accept a society of opacity or complacency.

And we don't want an Inquisition society either.

So the challenge is to facilitate and support the release of speech, the collection of complaints, the efficiency of justice, ”said the Head of State in the Council of Ministers, reported participants, confirming information from several media.

An investigation opened by the Paris prosecutor's office

"We have done a lot for this, and we will continue to act resolutely in this direction," added Emmanuel Macron, speaking for the first time since the broadcast last Thursday by France 2 of an investigation in which several women accused rape and sexual assault the former minister and TV host. The Paris prosecutor's office opened a preliminary investigation on Friday. Nicolas Hulot had announced on Wednesday, the day before the broadcast, to leave public life “definitively”, to protect his relatives and his Foundation from the fallout of a “lynching”.

In total, it is at least six women, including one underage at the time of the facts, who implicate him.

The opposition questioned the executive, including several ministers, such as Marlène Schiappa, who was at the time Secretary of State for Equality between Women and Men and the Fight against Discrimination.

They had defended their colleague, in 2018 after the revelation of a complaint for rape which had finally been dismissed because of the exceeded statute of limitations.

"Zero impunity"

Asked about this complaint for rape of Pascale Mitterrand, the granddaughter of ex-president François Mitterrand, the government spokesman explained on November 26 that at the time, there was "support for 'Rule of law, the presumption of innocence'.

"Today", argued Gabriel Attal, "there are additional testimonies which are added, which were not known at the time".

"We can not blame me for having a reaction in 2018 for facts that are brought to our public knowledge in 2021", defended Marlène Schiappa during a stormy sequence Tuesday on LCI with journalist Elizabeth Martichoux.

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He almost became their candidate for the presidential election ”in 2012, the Secretary of State further underlined.

The EELV presidential candidate Yannick Jadot on Monday promised "zero impunity" against "guys who think they are powerful" and force women, while the Hulot affair pushed him to separate from the leader of his porters. word, Matthieu Orphelin.

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