The wind of the storm has not finished blowing on the executive. While the new Minister of Solidarity, Autonomy and Disabled People, Damien Abad, is accused of rape by two women, some members of the opposition believe that Emmanuel Macron and Elisabeth Borne could not ignore the existence of the complaint filed against him in 2017 – since dismissed – before appointing him to the new government.
“Who can imagine for a single moment that the President of the Republic, Mr. Macron, and that the Prime Minister, Mrs.me Terminal did not know? », questioned Xavier Bertrand, president of Les Républicains (LR) of the Hauts-de-France region, on Tuesday at the microphone of Europe 1, believing that“It is obvious that Mr. Macron and Mr.me Borne made this choice knowingly”.
“The government has chosen not to take it into account”
The acting president of the National Rally (RN), Jordan Bardella, for his part, said on Franceinfo: “What is worrying is that obviously he himself had alerted, when he had been asked to be a minister, government officials, I believe Mr. Castaner, the boss of the majority deputies, that these reports were running. The government has chosen not to take this into account. »
Pour M. Bertrand, “when you are appointed minister today, you have both a form of inquiry conducted with the High Authority for the transparency of political life, the taxes which are requested to find out if there is no problem in the tax file, and justice is also questioned to find out if there may have been complaints at one time or another, complaints filed or not “. He further stated: “I know Damien Abad, he has necessarily talked about this subject, because the question that is asked is “is there anything that can disrupt government life?” »
“The real question, are the two heads of the executive completely aligned on this file? You have to ask them the question”argued the elected LR, defending on the other hand that his political family did not know more about the accusations weighing on the one who left his ranks on Thursday, and that Mediapart revealed on Saturday. “We knew there had been complaints that had been dismissed many years ago”no more, he replied.
MM. Bertrand and Bardella, however, both felt that it is up to justice to decide in this case. They made it known that they refused to comply “in the media court” and to call on Mr. Abad to resign, as elected leftists have done, like the boss of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure, or the ecologist Sandrine Rousseau.
The executive denies
Asked whether or not the executive was aware of the accusations against Mr. Abad, before their revelation, the new government spokesperson, Olivia Grégoire, assured Monday, May 23, at the end of the Council of Ministers, that This was not the case : “To my knowledge, no member of the government was aware of these facts. In the composition of a government by the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister, the HATVP and the General Directorate of Public Finance are consulted, it is not the political parties that are consulted. » A reference to the reports made on this subject last week by the Observatory of gender-based and sexual violence in politics to La République en Marche and LR, which had not received a response.
Tuesday, on the “4 Truths” set of France 2, Mme Grégoire argued that “The President of the Republic and Elisabeth Borne have made the fight against violence against women a priority” of Mr. Macron’s second five-year term. “In these cases there is the issue of restoring the truth. Justice, twice, expressed itself and closed this complaint without follow-up “, she defended.
“If there were other women, if the prosecution was seized, then I would come to comment on it. My function is to comment on government action, not assumptions.she continued, before adding: “In addition to justice, Damien Abad is a candidate and puts his personal word at stake in the legislative framework. »
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne interviewed on the sidelines of a trip Sunday, had, for his part, claimed not to have ” Of course ” not been ” aware ” charges against Mr. Abad, and ensured “having discovered the article by Mediapart [samedi]».