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Rousseau demands a withdrawal from the Finance Committee, Quatennens opposes it


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7:15 p.m., July 15, 2022

Environmental MP and feminist activist Sandrine Rousseau called on Friday Eric Coquerel, Insoumis MP targeted by a preliminary investigation for sexual assault and harassment, to take the time for the investigation “withdrawal” from the presidency of the Finance Committee.

Environmental MP and feminist activist Sandrine Rousseau on Friday called Éric Coquerel, Insoumis MP targeted by a preliminary investigation for sexual assault and harassment, to take the time for the investigation “withdrawal” from the presidency of the Finance Committee. “He must not preside over the time of the investigation”, declared Sandrine Rousseau on France 2. “I am not calling on him to resign”, she specified, speaking of “withdrawal”.

Under investigation for sexual assault and harassment

Éric Coquerel, elected from Seine-Saint-Denis and president of the powerful Finance Committee at the National Assembly, is the subject of an investigation by the Paris prosecutor’s office after the complaint of a left-wing activist, Sophie Tissier, who accuses him of facts which, according to her, could “akin to a sexual assault”, which he disputes.

During a dance evening, at the end of a day of conferences, Éric Coquerel had “supported gestures, his hands were sticky and slipped on inappropriate parts of the body (…), he touched my buttocks to several times”, Sophie Tissier. “Once this investigation is carried out then, he will be able to resume his position as chairman of the Finance Committee, if there is nothing,” said the elected official. On the other hand, “if he is indicted, he will have to resign”. “We must respect the word of women,” she insisted.

The facts in question “do not justify a withdrawal”.

Also interviewed on the set of RMC-BFMTVthe Insoumis Adrien Quatennens for his part judged that the opening of the investigation was only a “just follow-up” to Sophie Tissier’s complaint, that there “are no new facts” and that the facts in question “do not justify a withdrawal”.

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