Frenchman Macron defends security chief accused of rape

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French President Emmanuel Macron defends his decision to put a man accused of rape at the head of all the police forces of the country, invoking the presumption of innocence

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron defends his decision to put a man accused of rape at the head of all the police forces in the country, citing the presumption of innocence.

After several protests by women’s rights groups against the recent appointment of Gerald Darmanin as Minister of the Interior, Macron insisted that “I share the feminist cause” and pledged to continue to do so pressure for tougher measures against sexual violence and for gender equality.

Asked about the allegations of rape during an interview on July 14 on French TV channels, Macron was agitated and said: “There is the presumption of innocence. … No cause can be defended fairly if you do so by ignoring the principles of our democracy. ”

Darmanin firmly denies the rape charge and an investigation is underway.

In an apparent reference to the #MeToo movement, Macron insisted that justice should run its course and that no one should become “the victim of a judgment on the street and on social networks”, and that France should not adopt the “worst of Anglo”. -Saxon company. The movement led by the United States which allowed women to express themselves online on the abuses committed by powerful men met with a mixed reception in France.

French feminist groups want Darmanin to resign, claiming that this appointment is a blow to victims of sexual violence and contradicts Macron’s promises to make gender equality a “great cause” for his presidency. They are also angry at the appointment of the new Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, who ridiculed the #MeToo movement and defended a senior government official accused of rape.

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