Sandrine Rousseau declares that she has received the testimony of the accused Julien Bayou

While La France insoumise (LFI) is appalled by the Quatennens case, feminist activists on Monday, September 19, raised their questions – even accusations – against the European national secretary of Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV), Julien Bayou, who is suspected of sexism. violence.

At the forefront of this debate, the environmental party interpellated the feminist movement #NousTouts at the end of the day on Monday on the social network Twitterand has been reported by several left-wing activists. “Hello EELV, VSS cell [violences sexistes et sexuelles] Arrested in July following allegations of abuse by Julien Bayou against his ex-girlfriend.It begins with a recollection of a tweet that continues: “How do we make sure activists are safe?” No action seems to have been taken, why? »Embellished with the hashtag #ReleveFeministe.

About this in the France 5 program “C à vous”, which was partly devoted to domestic violence, environmentalist MP Sandrine Rousseau said that she received in her home “too long”but without specifying the date, “Julien Bayou’s Ex-Girlfriend”. “I think there are behaviors that may be undermining women’s moral health”added the former representative of EELV.

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“That’s one of the questions that will be on the table.”

A finalist in the environmental primary for the 2022 presidential election, according to a woman whose testimony she collected “He was in a very depressed state, he was in very bad shape.” He also attempted suicide a few weeks later.he said again on France 5.

Always questioned by the MP of Paris, MI Rousseau said that he had ” I heard only one testimony” personally. However, the ecofeminist survived “obviously a lot”, without saying more about the content of the information in his possession. The chosen one added that by circumventing the sentenceApparently, a journalistic investigation is underway..

A member suggested in early July, on the forum the worldto refer the parties to the rules applicable in the companies, but also to create an independent body to investigate the testimonies to come out “lawless zone”.

Asked by the moderator, Anne-Élisabeth Lemoine, whether the MP thought that Julien Bayou should step down from his responsibilities, as Adrien Quatenens did at LFI and abandon his role as coordinator of the “rebel” party, the MP replied: “Let’s see, step by step [Chaque chose en son temps]. “That’s one of the questions that will be on the table.” The party, however, was judged by Sandrine Russo moments before.

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“Do justice without justice”

On the day following M.’s announcementsI Rousseau, the communist Fabien Rousselle – an ally within the new Popular Ecological and Social Union, but who regularly fights to defend the political line on social networks – criticized the media outlet of the former EELV spokesperson. “Should it all be made public like Sandrine Russo did? I doubt it.”warned the former presidential candidate on Tuesday on BFM TV/RMC.

“The real difficulty is that we must act without justice, Fabien Roussel analyzed. Today we are being asked, the public is being asked to be the prosecutors of these cases, to judge, and I think it is not up to us, it is a matter of justice.Subsequently, the MP from the North evaluated and specified: “I want women to be safe, to feel safe. »

“We must have a framework – rules – that will allow us to know how to behave”He insisted, adding that he wanted women “Know who they’re talking to” And that there is “method” which is challenging “If there is an inappropriate word, an inappropriate gesture”. marks ” hole ” The MP from the North called on the existing political parties to think together “framework of rules” Domestic institutions to address violence against women through justice “specialized”.

“Full transparency” limit

Also Tuesday morning LFI MPs defended themselves “protracted” about the withdrawal of their colleague Adrien Kootenens. gender-based violence case management, “We are trying to implement mechanisms, it is not perfect”“Rebellious” MP Clementine Otten admitted during a press conference at the school of his political group in the Assembly, he felt it necessary. “Further work on these issues and maybe in a cross-party way”.

MI However, Auten felt it necessary to recognize him “difficulty” Such situations, which make it necessary to respect the presumption of innocence of the accused, to consider the human complexity when considering the case. “comrades” Or even respect for the victim.

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He also pointed out the boundaries “full transparency”Based on statements made by the Green MP the day before. “When I hear Sandrine Rousseau yesterday [dire] For example, the former companion of Julien Bayou, whom he himself received (…) She tried to kill herself, I don’t know if this woman wants the whole of France to know that she tried to kill herself.he said.

“Independence” for EELV, “Instrumentation” for Bayou

On the other hand, the Green Party publishes a press release Tuesday afternoonwhich confirms that EELV’s Harassment and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Investigation and Sanctions Unit was removed in July 2022. “report” Regarding Julien Bayou. “Several people have publicly expressed concern about the slow pace of the investigation and possible political influence on the cell.” We want to convince them of EELV’s support for victims of gender-based and sexual violence. “, we can also read in this press release.

There is also a party We reaffirm that the Investigation and Sanctions Department must continue to operate in complete independence and peace. and declare that he “Implement the unit’s recommendations as they come to attention”.

As for Julien Bayou, who did not respond to Agence France-Presse’s (AFP) request on Monday evening, he assured in early July. Figaro that the intra-party commission would interrogate him “As quickly as possible, which in no way constitutes sexist or sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior towards anyone”.

“Unfortunately, this is a story that ends in suffering, and the break that comes with veiled threats against me and a form of instrumentalization that I can only regret.”, he added. EELV national secretary noted “An outrage that he does not hide, because he clearly wrote to me three days after the arrest of the EELV internal commission: “Worry. I will come back and strong. (…) Autumn will be painful. “”

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