Damien Abad case: Macron and Borne appointed him “in full knowledge of the facts”

Laura Laplaud
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09:10, May 24, 2022

Accused of rape by two women, the new Minister of Solidarity, Damien Abad, defends himself. For Xavier Bertrand, the president Les Républicains of the Hauts-de-France region, guest of Europe Matin on Tuesday, only justice can decide on the subject even if Emmanuel Macron and Élisabeth Borne “made this choice in full knowledge of cause”.

“Only justice can decide”, argued Xavier Bertrand on Europe 1. Since his appointment to the Ministry of Solidarity, Autonomy and Disabled People, Damien Abad, has not ceased to be talked about . For good reason, two women accuse him of rape for facts which allegedly took place in 2010 and 2011. The former president of the group Les Républicains in the National Assembly defends himself and claims to be “innocent”. “It is obvious that Mr Macron, Mrs Borne made this choice in full knowledge of the facts”, affirmed the president Les Républicains of the Hauts-de-France region on Europe 1 on Tuesday.

Did the Élysée know?

“Who can imagine for a single moment that the President of the Republic, Mr. Macron and the Prime Minister, Mrs. Borne did not know?” launched Xavier Bertrand while explaining the procedures put in place before being appointed to the government. “You have both a form of investigation carried out with the High Authority for the Transparency of Political Life, the taxes which are requested to find out if there is no problem in the tax file, and justice is also questioned to find out if there may have been any complaints filed or not”, he explains.

“There is the presumption of innocence and it is up to justice to be able to say exactly, precisely, what happened. But one thing is certain, of course, the two heads of the executive knew”, a decided Xavier Bertrand. “The voice of women must be heard, there is no media tribunal which can and must replace the judicial tribunal. Television sets, radio studios will never replace courtrooms”, he said. he continued.

The president of the Hauts-de-France region said on Europe 1 that he had not been informed of the accusations of rape against Damien Abad while the latter was President of the group Les Républicains de l’Assemblée Nationale. “We knew that there had been complaints that had been dismissed many years ago”, no more, he said.

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