- Title: Feminist groups denounce two new French ministers for alleged rape, misogynism
- Date: 7th July 2020
- Summary: MINISTERS SEATED ROUND TABLE FOR FIRST CABINET MEETING
- Embargoed: 21st July 2020 18:22
- Keywords: Darmanin Dupond-Moretti France MeToo movement accusations feminists government reshuflle protest
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003CLTAEDJ
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Feminist groups staged demonstrations in Paris on Tuesday (July 7) a day after a new lineup of ministers was revealed by the government in the latest reshuffle.
Feminist activists accuse the government of misogyny for appointing Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, who faces allegations of rape, and Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti, whom they deem sexist based on his comments against the MeToo movement.
Several dozen protesters held up signs calling the reshuffle "shameful" and expressed their anger at Darmanin and Dupond-Moretti at one protest in the French capital.
Three topless women also protested in front of the Elysee Palace in Paris, one of them bearing the slogan "RIP The Promises", shortly before President Emmanuel Macron held his first cabinet meeting with his reshuffled government.
The three women, at least one of whom had the name of the feminist group Femen written on her back, were arrested by the police.
The Paris appeal court in June ordered the reopening of an investigation into a rape allegation against Darmanin, two years after a judge dismissed the case.
The initial inquiry into the allegations against Darmanin, who is a close political ally of President Emmanuel Macron, was dropped in August 2018 when prosecutors, said they could not establish "absence of consent".
A woman accused the then budget minister of coercing her into having sex in 2009 when she sought his help in having her criminal record cleared. She appealed against the decision to drop the investigation but the Paris appeal court had said she did so too late.
Dupond-Moretti, who was a practising lawyer, told GQ magazine in an interview that there are "crazy women who tell nonsense and question a man's honour, who cannot defend himself because he's already been crucified in social media".
Speaking in a post-cabinet meeting news briefing, newly appointed government spokesman Gabriel Attal defended Darmanin, saying he deserves the presumption of innocence. Attal added that Dupond-Moretti had acted based on his profession of being a lawyer.
(Production: Emilie Delwarde, Ardee Napolitano, Noemie Olive)
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