Macron defends appointment of minister accused of rape

Gérald Darmanin meeting police. Mr Darmanin has been promoted to interior minister in France, even though he is being investigated in an ongoing trial accused of rape.
Mr Darmanin claims he had consensual sex with the woman accusing him of rape.

The French President says the accused minister has the right to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. But women’s rights groups question: Would the same logic apply if he were accused of murder?

President Macron defended the appointment of the new interior minister currently under criminal investigation in a televised interview yesterday (July 14). 

Gérald Darmanin became interior minister following a cabinet reshuffle earlier this month, even though he is at the centre of an ongoing trial, accused of rape.

Support for accused minister

In response to initial controversy over Mr Darmanin’s ...

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