the subject of a complaint for rape, Gérald Darmanin defended his appointment to the ministry of the Interior. In an interview with RTL on Thursday 9 July, the new occupant of the place Beauvau said, "have the right to the presumption of innocence" and claims to have asked not to have a lift of information about cases concerning them. "I will not comment on the affairs of justice in general, and not mine for the past three years in particular. I simply note that there have been three court decisions, two preliminary investigations have been discontinued and a non-site was made by two co-investigating judges (...), then it seems to me that, after three court rulings, one can think of that I have the right to the presumption of innocence ", he said.
The minister, whose appointment to the Interior has caused the anger and the outrage of women's associations, has stated that it is "obviously" nothing to apologize for and "walk tall'. He said he had, since his assumption of office, writes a letter to his administration " have no information, nor (him)-or (s)a firm in which (l)e concerned ". "I am at the disposal of the magistrate ", he stressed. "I will go to any summons of the magistrates ", he completed.
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A procedure re-launched in June
Gérald Darmanin has been accused in 2017 of rape by a woman, Sophie Patterson-Spatz, who had sought in 2009, when he was chargé de mission in the legal affairs department of the UMP party (became RL), to try to undo a conviction in 2004 for extortion and malicious calls against an ex-companion. According to his statements, Gérald Darmanin him would have dangled its support and she would have felt compelled to " go to pot ", as she explained to investigators. The new Interior minister has admitted to having a sexual relationship with this woman, but, according to him, is freely granted.
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closed in a first time, the procedure has been revived by the Paris court of appeal, which was requested in early June for further investigations. "The decision is a decision of form and not of substance ", has commented on RTL Gérald Darmanin.