The historic mayor of Issy-les-Moulineaux (Hauts-de-Seine) André Santini is the target of two complaints from two town hall employees for “sexual assault” and “sexual and moral harassment”, AFP learned on Friday from from the Nanterre prosecutor’s office, confirming information from Le Monde. These two complaints against the 81-year-old elected official were filed Friday before the Nanterre public prosecutor’s office and are “currently under study”, confirmed the public prosecutor’s office, requested by AFP.
According to Le Monde, his former chief of staff and a former bailiff accuse André Santini of harassment and sexual assault, facts dating in particular from 2021 and 2022. Former Secretary of State for the Civil Service (2007-2009) and ex- deputy, André Santini (1988-2017) has been UDI mayor of Issy-les-Moulineaux, a city of nearly 70,000 inhabitants in the south-west of Paris, since 1980. He is also vice-president of Greater Paris and boss of the Syndicat waters of Ile-de-France since 1983.
André Santini “naturally denies”
“I have known Mr. Santini for seventeen years, we have never had any complaint lodged against him on the behavior attributed to him,” the mayor’s lawyer, Me Marc Bellanger, told AFP, specifying unaware of the details of the charges. “I think this is a revenge campaign by these agents vis-à-vis the mayor, with whom there is a dispute. They are not happy with their administrative situation and have filed a complaint, ”continued Me Bellanger.
“I naturally deny having engaged in any behavior as described in the complaints. In forty years of good and loyal service, I have never been accused or accused of such behavior, ”replied André Santini himself to Le Monde. Contacted by AFP, the plaintiffs’ lawyer did not react immediately. According to Le Monde, the two complainants were dismissed by the mayor in mid-May, officially for “breaking the bonds of trust necessary for our collaboration”.
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