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Faced with gender-based violence, the difficult response of political parties – France
  • 1 An “alert cell” at La République en Marche

  • At La République en Marche, where it is pointed out that Damien Abad is not a member, an “alert cell” was set up in January 2020 for employees, then, a year later, for the all members, accessible from the movement’s website. “The person submits their alert anonymously, which gives rise to a response,” explains the presidential party. “The cell team takes note of the facts reported and studies their admissibility”, before taking the decisions adapted to the case received: contact with associations, initiation of legal proceedings, sanctions, disciplinary proceedings, recommendations, end of contractual relations with a subcontractor…”

    For two and a half years, 77 alerts have been made, two concerning cases of harassment which led to two exclusions, another concerning inappropriate behavior “which gave rise to an internal sanction”.

  • 2 At LR, there is no ad hoc structure

  • At Les Républicains, of which Damien Abad was president of the parliamentary group in the Assembly, no similar ad hoc structure but, “in the event of a report, the HRD and the general management, as well as the president, are seized”. The party, however, specifies that “it did not happen”. “People do not trust the internal procedural cells, because there is always the fear that the person in question may have access to the file: there is always this relationship of power which holds the institutions too much”, decrypts an elected official, according to whom “the political world is behind on this subject”.

    I find LR completely hypocritical: why didn’t LR warn anyone?

    “We have the impression that the phenomenon is not taken into account. But if no one upstairs speaks, it can’t move, “she continues, observing that in 2017, when a press article had questioned an elected LR, as for contentious behavior, “everyone understood that it was Abad”. Because, since a Mediapart article published on Saturday which relays accusations of rape on two women in 2010 and 2011, Damien Abad, who rejects these allegations “with the greatest force”, must now face several anonymous testimonies from members of LR reporting his “clumsy” or even “inappropriate” behavior, supposedly well known to his political entourage. “I find LR completely hypocritical: why didn’t LR warn anyone? The victims would not have been victims enough to prevent Damien Abad from being leader of the LR group in the Assembly? “, protests the framework of the National Rally, Jean-Philippe Tanguy, a close friend of Marine Le Pen.

  • 3 EELV: listening, investigation and sanction units since the Baupin affair

  • At EELV, shaken up in 2016 by the accusations – dismissed without further action by the courts – targeting one of its executives, Denis Baupin, “a listening cell and another for investigations and sanctions have been put in place, explains the number two of the party, Sandra Regol. The cells have about ten cases a year, “not all of which are conclusive”.

    “We are still looking for ways to improve the system for people who are afraid to speak to peers, with recourse to an external device,” she continues.

  • 4 The rule at the PS: “We believe in women”

  • At the PS, the First Secretary Olivier Faure assumes that “in the event of a report, the rule is + we believe the women +”. And to have withdrawn nominations from candidates during the last municipal elections, although it is “not very easy, when you have the elected official crying on the phone, swearing that he has done nothing”. “But we take it out, and then justice can work,” he explains.

  • 5 The Taha Bouhafs case resulting from an internal investigation at LFI

  • Still it is necessary that justice is seized. In the case of Taha Bouhafs, a time candidate of La France insubordinate to the legislative elections before being disinvested, it is an “internal investigation” carried out by a “committee” which brought to light accusations of “sexual violence”.

  • 6 Damien Abad’s accusers went through an “Observatory”

  • Damien’s accusers, for their part, handed it over to an association, called “Observatory of sexist and sexual violence in politics”, which transmitted their testimonies to executives of LREM and LR. Christophe Castaner, patron of the walking deputies, “sent their report” on Friday to the public prosecutor, under article 40 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which constrains “any constituted authority” or “civil servant” who “acquires the knowledge of a crime or misdemeanor” to “advise the public prosecutor’s office”. In the case of a crime, in particular rape, the obligation to denounce applies to all citizens.

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