Several thousand demonstrators protested on Friday in Paris and several other French cities against the appointment this week the government of Gérald Darmanin, who is accused of rape, and Eric Dupond-Moretti, very critical of the movement #MeToo.
The government reshuffle that took place on Monday in France was promoted to the head of the ministry of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, 37 years old, a rising figure of the French right, close to the former president Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been accused in 2017 of rape by a woman who had sought its intervention to resolve a legal dispute in 2009.
“We are here to demand the resignation of a part of the government. When I learned of these appointments, I cried because I myself have been the victim of a rape, for me as for all the victims, it is an insult, ” said in the crowd in front of the Palace of justice of Toulouse (south-west) Anouck Lagarrige, an employee of the culture sector, 22 years of age, in the middle of about 300 people.
“Welcome to the ministry of the rape ! “, ” Rapists in jail, not in government!!! “, “A rapist on the Inside, an accomplice to Justice !” in Toulouse, ” We get up and we fight ! “, ” Revision of the shame ! “, “Stop impunity !” in Lille (north), “The anger of women is booming !” in the capital, “a rapist on the Inside, get out the pruning shears” in Saint-Etienne (center-east) : the panels brandis left no doubt about the outrage of the protesters, majority of them women.
“The presumption of innocence, it holds up easily when it touches white and male and heterosexual, if tomorrow someone of us had to admit to being accused of rape during a job interview, I doubt he would have the job,” notes Alain Ranaivonjatovo, an employee of 26 years, which showed also in Toulouse.
The protesters were a thousand gathered on the parvis of the Hotel de Ville in Paris, also to the call of the feminist collective #NousToutes.
While the protesters chanted ” shame !, shame ! “the feminist activist Caroline de Haas introduced :” you don’t expect the resignation (of the government), we can no longer expect anything.”
Seven hundred people have also demonstrated in Nantes (west), 600 in Bordeaux (south-west) and 500 in Lyon (center-east).
In Grenoble, in the Alps, a casket of black, on which was inscribed ” RIP the great cause of the quinquennium “, equality between Women and men, has symbolically been deposited in front of the entrance to the Palace of Justice.