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France: Scuffles erupt between feminist protesters and police in front of Elysee Palace05:02

France: Scuffles erupt between feminist protesters and police in front of Elysee Palace

France, Paris
July 7, 2020 at 20:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Scuffles erupted between feminist protesters and police in front of the Elysee Palace, in Paris, on Tuesday.

Demonstrators protested against the nominations of Gerald Darmanin, who was accused of rape, as interior minister, and Eric Dupond-Moretti, who defended high-profile rape suspects, as justice minister.

A group of protesters gathered near the Palace, where they were confronted by police in riot gear patrolling the area, with officers seen pushing the demonstrators away.

Dozens of activists also held a mock funeral for the French government's feminist agenda.

Protesters could be seen carrying a coffin reading "Great cause of the presidential term," an expression used by French President Emmanuel Macron's administration to describe equality between men and women.

"Concerning Gerald Darmanin, he currently has a rape accusation against him, and recently the justice system relaunched the investigation into his case," said Pauline of the Nous Toutes feminist collective. "What is posing a problem is that he's been nominated to become France's top cop, meaning he'll have at his orders people who are supposed to be investigating his case."

Demonstrators also singled out Dupond-Moretti for statements critical of the Me Too movement.

"For us and for all people who were victims of rape of assault, they're spitting in out face, really, because for months we've been denouncing - years even - that we've been denouncing violence, that we're breaking the [silence] when it comes to rape, assaults, domestic violence. And we have the feeling that we're heard but they don't care at all about what we have to say," Typhene, a protester, said.

Darmanin is under investigation for the alleged rape of Sophie Patterson-Spatz in 2009, an accusation which he denies. In June an appeals court in Paris ordered prosecutors to reopen the case after a series of appeals and dismissals.

French President Emmanuel Macron office said Monday that the complaint was "not an obstacle" to his appointment as Minister of Interior.

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Scuffles erupted between feminist protesters and police in front of the Elysee Palace, in Paris, on Tuesday.

Demonstrators protested against the nominations of Gerald Darmanin, who was accused of rape, as interior minister, and Eric Dupond-Moretti, who defended high-profile rape suspects, as justice minister.

A group of protesters gathered near the Palace, where they were confronted by police in riot gear patrolling the area, with officers seen pushing the demonstrators away.

Dozens of activists also held a mock funeral for the French government's feminist agenda.

Protesters could be seen carrying a coffin reading "Great cause of the presidential term," an expression used by French President Emmanuel Macron's administration to describe equality between men and women.

"Concerning Gerald Darmanin, he currently has a rape accusation against him, and recently the justice system relaunched the investigation into his case," said Pauline of the Nous Toutes feminist collective. "What is posing a problem is that he's been nominated to become France's top cop, meaning he'll have at his orders people who are supposed to be investigating his case."

Demonstrators also singled out Dupond-Moretti for statements critical of the Me Too movement.

"For us and for all people who were victims of rape of assault, they're spitting in out face, really, because for months we've been denouncing - years even - that we've been denouncing violence, that we're breaking the [silence] when it comes to rape, assaults, domestic violence. And we have the feeling that we're heard but they don't care at all about what we have to say," Typhene, a protester, said.

Darmanin is under investigation for the alleged rape of Sophie Patterson-Spatz in 2009, an accusation which he denies. In June an appeals court in Paris ordered prosecutors to reopen the case after a series of appeals and dismissals.

French President Emmanuel Macron office said Monday that the complaint was "not an obstacle" to his appointment as Minister of Interior.

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