This is the story of a sprinkler who could become a sprinkler.
Shaken at the beginning of May by accusations of sexual violence against Taha Bouhafs, France Insoumise today finds itself in the position of a political formation that has acted, while the newly appointed government must already manage the Damien Abad affair.
The new Minister of Solidarity vigorously contests the serious accusations of rape made against him in a Mediapart article published on Saturday, and his position is not threatened for the time being.
Asked about the case during a trip to Metz, Jean-Luc Mélenchon indicated that "someone who would be the subject" of a report to the Monitoring Committee against sexist and sexual violence of LFI "would not be not a member of the government, that seems quite obvious to me”.
The leader of LFI, however, did not call on the minister to resign: “we are neither judges nor police officers, we are not going to tell them what to do”.
"We made a choice that is not easy: we believe in women"
“If the government decides, for reasons that belong to it, that Mr. Abad must remain a member of the government, I suppose that he will have to explain why”, insisted the leader of La France Insoumise after a trip to Meurthe-et-Moselle where he came to support the candidate of the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes), Caroline Fiat, in the 6th district of the department.
Recalling the existence of the "internal mechanism" at LFI, the monitoring committee against sexist and sexual violence, Jean-Luc Mélenchon stressed that "We made a choice that is not easy (...): we have decided that no matter what, we believe the word of women”.
A “choice linked to what we have understood of our time, which consists in fear changing sides.
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Damien Abad says he is "innocent" of rape charges and will not resign