Christophe Girard defends itself. The former assistant to the Mayor of Paris, forced to resign last week because of its links with the writer, accused of pedophilia, Gabriel Matzneff, ruled, Thursday, July 30, be a "fuse" and denounced a "political montage to weaken," Anne Hidalgo. "I am the first fuse, there will be others," he said at the microphone of France Inter, saying that this case " is a fitting policy to weaken the mayor of Paris, and erase myself ".
looking Back on his departure, he felt that " it was the right decision." But " I have not resigned under the pressure, I made the choice that this would be a very complicated and unsafe, being a good connoisseur of the United States and the movement that we call the cancel of culture, [ ... ], setting in the pillory, the stoning to death of public persons and the world of culture ", he said. "I appeal to the women and to the politicians committed to democracy, and I demand that a law be made quickly, for the transparency of social networks, democracy is in danger, the presumption of innocence is absolutely vital ", he warned, denouncing " a form of countries to the terror ". He also praised " the courage of Anne Hidalgo, and his friendship unwavering, because she knows the truth ".
Gabriel Matzneff is "not a friend"
On the other hand, Christophe Girard has again denied any relationship of friendship with Gabriel Matzneff. "No, it is not a friend [...]. I could see it regularly, such as hundreds, thousands of visual artists, musicians, poets, writers, but thousands in 20 years, " he argued. The old Gentleman Culture of Paris had been heard in march as a witness, including as a former secretary-general of the House of Yves Saint Laurent between 1986 and 1987, structure headed by Pierre Bergé, who has given financial support to the writer. He admitted not having "probably not enough" read the writings of Matzneff, and "it is the great reproach that I can do," he lamented.
Asked about Alice Coffin, one of the two elected EELV, which has participated in the protest calling for his departure, he felt that it "was without a doubt overwhelmed by banners of hatred "while accusing" a fault republican ". If Girard has provoked serious tensions between Anne Hidalgo and its allies environmentalists three weeks after their renewal to the city Hall of Paris. Christophe Girard is insured have received " number of messages among the 23 elected environmentalists that [the] know for a long time and who came to [him] say in private that they [the] support ".
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