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Harassment: the investigation into Secretary of State Nathalie Elimas, who refused to resign, still ongoing


Unknown to the vast majority of French people, the Secretary of State for Priority Education Nathalie Elimas is talked about when Emmanuel Macron would need it the least to launch his campaign.

According to Europe 1, the pre-report of an administrative investigation opened after accusations of “harassment and mistreatment within the cabinet of Nathalie Elimas” would be overwhelming for the member of the government, who would be “directly implicated”. “The conclusions are terrible”, confirms to the radio station an Elysian source.

So much so that Prime Minister Jean Castex would have asked “explanations” from his Secretary of State. During this exchange, the departure of Nathalie Elimas from the government was mentioned, but “she refused this option”, reaffirming her version of the facts. In a second interview, facing Jean-Michel Blanquer, his supervisory minister, Nathalie Elimas would have remained on his position.

Half a dozen victims

The case embarrasses the executive: it is impossible for Jean Castex to force the resignation of a minister, because of the collective solidarity of the government, except to organize a reshuffle. Unthinkable at a time when Emmanuel Macron intends to announce his presidential candidacy. Instructions would therefore have been given not to “Ask anything more from Elimas”, according to Europe 1.

The administrative investigation, which began in January, was to shed light on possible difficulties related to labor relations within the office of the Secretary of State. If Nathalie Elimas was not specifically targeted, testimonies echoed “harassment” or even “abuse” of employees. Half a dozen people would be victims.

“The final report has not been submitted”

“At this stage, the final report has not been delivered. In accordance with the procedure, it is now the phase of observations ”, defends the cabinet of Nathalie Elimas to AFP. “These observations will be appended to form the final report. His entourage indicates that the Secretary of State remains at work. But specifies that “she will take a few days off next week. »



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