Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt accused former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing of groping her, in excerpts from her memoir published in the Danish press on Monday.
“I saw Giscard d’Estaing sitting next to me and he grabbed my thigh under the table. It was completely crazy. I wondered what was going on, I changed places and it was over, ”wrote the ex-social democratic leader in her. delivered.
His meeting with Giscard took place during a dinner at the French Embassy in Copenhagen in 2002 or 2003.
At the time, Thorning-Schmidt was involved in the European Convention, created to draft a constitution for the EU and chaired by the former French leader, who died in December last year.
“These days it would have been considered sexual harassment. It wasn’t like that at the time. It was a different time, but I saw it as inappropriate, and the situation made me very angry, ”Thorning-Schmidt told the Danish Ritzau. Press Agency.
Now 54, she was the first woman to lead a Danish government between 2011 and 2015.
She led the Social Democratic Party from 2005 to 2015 after a career in Brussels and, after leaving government, led the aid group Save the Children from 2016 to 2018.
Thorning-Schmidt’s new book follows in the footsteps of previous revelations of inappropriate behavior that erupted under the banner of the #metoo movement.
Such statements about incidents of sexual harassment only really started last year in Denmark.
“We are not as egalitarian as we thought in Denmark. We let ourselves be rocked, ”Thorning-Schmidt told Ritzau.
Giscard had previously been accused of harassment by a German journalist with the public broadcaster WDR, Ann-Kathrin Stracke.
In a complaint filed last year, she said he touched her three times from behind during an interview at his Paris office.
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