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French premier defends new interior minister accused of rape



French premier defends new interior minister accused of rape

French Prime Minister Jean Castex, on Wednesday strongly defended his interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, whose appointment in spite of a rape accusation against him has angered feminists.

“Really, I completely stand behind this appointment,” Castex, who himself took office on Friday, told RMC radio in his first interview since Monday’s government reshuffle.

The rape accusation, which Darmanin has condemned as false, was reopened by an appeals chamber in June after reportedly being rejected by an investigating judge.

Castex argued that the case had already seen “investigative decisions that clearly amounted to rejections” of the accusation, and in any case Darmanin, 37, was entitled to the presumption of innocence.

Castex, 55, also defended another controversial appointment – that of high-profile defence lawyer Eric Dupond-Moretti as justice minister.

Activists have reacted angrily to this as well, as Dupond-Moretti had criticised aspects of the MeToo movement against sexual harassment and objected to a 2018 law against street harassment.

France’s biggest judges’ union also objected to his appointment, with secretary general Celine Parisot telling LCI television that it was a “message of contempt” for the judiciary.

Only two weeks earlier, Dupond-Moretti had denounced “secret police methods” after discovering he was one of a number of prominent lawyers whose phone records had allegedly been scrutinised by judges looking for a leak in another case.

“I didn’t, we didn’t, appoint a colourful, solid, tough justice minister in order to have a go at the judges.

“It’s normal to have a great lawyer as justice minister. He’s been appointed to defend justice,” Castex responded.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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