POLITICS – Third round. This Thursday, September 9 in the morning, on franceinfo, the candidate for the primary environmentalist Sandrine Rousseau reacted to the comments made the day before about her by Gérald Darmanin on France Inter, who himself responded to an outing against her … Sandrine Rousseau.

Indeed, while the debates between aspiring green candidates for the 2022 presidential election follow one another, the former spokesperson for EELV has repeatedly explained that the trigger for her ambitions towards the top of the state was the presence at the head of the police force of a minister “accused of a crime”.

To which Gérald Darmanin retorted that Sandrine Rousseau was much less vehement against himself when she asked him “to appoint her director of the IRA (Regional Institute of Administration, editor’s note) of Lille [when he was] Minister of Public service”. He added that he could very well “publish requests for meetings and requests for appointments” to substantiate his point.

Threats to which the person concerned therefore reacted this Thursday morning on franceinfo. “What he’s doing there, as France’s top cop, is breaking the law on a set,” she said. “Because the threat to publicly broadcast private conversations is punishable by law.”

🗣️ “He is a person who is capable of putting intimidation above the law”, assures Sandrine Rousseau concerning the remarks of Gérald Darmanin on France Inter. She “reserves the right to take legal action.” Follow the live 👇https: //t.co/cEwi3c61QMpic.twitter.com/oNpRV92mR1

Indeed, as the lawyer Arié Alimi – at the forefront in the fight against police violence – clarified on Twitter on Wednesday, the remarks of the Minister of the Interior could, according to him, be the subject of a sanction, under the articles 222-17 and 226-1 of the penal code, which punish 6 months in prison and 7,500 euros in fines for threatening to disclose private correspondence. An assertion that not all lawyers agree with, however.

“What I take away from this episode is that it’s someone who puts bullying above the law. There, what he does, is to intimidate me by flouting the law ”, continued Sandrine Rousseau before explaining that she reserved the possibility, consequently, of giving legal consequences in this respect to the controversy. “This is very serious. And it is very serious against a presidential candidate. And that’s very serious in a democracy. “

She added, on the merits of the appointment at the head of the IRA this time: “I had been selected at the end of the three pre-employment interviews, I had been appointed first and that is Gérald Darmanin who blocked my nomination. So I asked him for a date. ” And he scolded the minister: “Get them out, the texts! Take them out, that’s no problem! “

A little earlier in her interview on the franceinfo set, Sandrine Rousseau had once again returned to the “humiliation” constituted by the appointment in the summer of 2020 of Gérald Darmanin to the Ministry of the Interior, despite the accusations that weigh against him. “It was a humiliation for all the women who spoke out against violence in the framework of #MeToo.”

🗣️ “The trigger” for the candidacy of Sandrine Rousseau, candidate for the environmentalist primary, “was this appointment” by Gérald Darmanin. “It was a humiliation for all the women who had denounced the violence.” Follow the live 👇https: //t.co/cEwi3c61QMpic.twitter.com/cZwY6D9Jfj

As for the progress of the legal procedure (Gérald Darmanin is not currently indicted, editor’s note), Sandrine Rousseau clarified her thinking: “In any case, it is not a legal question, it is an ethical question. ”

She wonders: “How can we in France, after #MeToo, after this global movement, have at the head of a ministry, at the head of the police, a person accused of a crime? Because I remember that rape is a crime. ” A hook sent by the ecologist against which Gérald Darmanin will surely have to defend himself again in the coming weeks of the campaign.

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