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POLITICS – The Bouhafs affair continues to be talked about. Friday, May 13, in a column published by The ObsMP LFI Clémentine Autain defended the choices of her party concerning the now ex-candidate for the legislative elections, Taha Bouhafs.
Indeed, the Insoumis had initially supported him after the announcement of the withdrawal of his candidacy, before distancing themselves during the revelations of accusations of sexual assault concerning him.
“Does everyone realize the immense difficulty of being confronted, in their own family, with accusations of sexual assault?” Begins the MP in the preamble. Referring to an “intimate and political ordeal, like what feminism is”, she asks: “Which political organization reacted so clearly and quickly after learning of testimonies of sexual assault?” .
She then does not fail to launch a spade at the Macron government, stressing that: “Gérald Darmanin or Nicolas Hulot remained ministers while we could read in the press the accusations, which the office of the National Assembly refused to lift. the parliamentary immunity of a deputy, Benoît Simian, whose ex-wife had a serious danger telephone or that LREM, which has become ‘Renaissance’ (!), has just validated the candidacy for the legislative elections of Jérôme Peyrat, adviser to the Élysée and sentenced for domestic violence”.
A defense also relayed by Sandrine Rousseau this Saturday, May 14 on France Inter: “From the moment when there was knowledge of this sexual violence, the cell set up and asked him to withdraw his candidacy and in five days the case has been settled”, declared the candidate NUPES in the 9th district of Paris for the legislative elections. “On matters of this nature, of this gravity, which party has acted so quickly and so clearly? In any case not LREM for example (…) We did the work”.
“We have taken our responsibilities”
Clémentine Autain also recalls the difficulty for victims to file complaints, in particular against a public man. She mentions in particular the “clearly expressed desire not to participate in the concert orchestrated by the far right against Taha Bouhafs; and then, the fear of being confronted, by the revelation of the facts, with mentally even physically unbearable media pressure”.
Returning to the treatment of this affair by rebellious France, she concludes: “We have taken our responsibilities vis-à-vis Taha Bouhafs by initiating the internal procedure, following the reports received for sexual violence AND by continuing to denounce the despicable campaign of which he was the object”.
“I sincerely invite those who give us lessons to sweep outside their doors: what do they do, what did they do when, directly or indirectly, they found themselves confronted with such a situation? And more to think about: how do we collectively get out of this endless repetition of gender-based and sexual violence?”.
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