“I clearly wondered about my participation in this show tonight,” she said.
Invited on the set of "La France dans les yeux" on Tuesday January 18, Valérie Pécresse spoke in a foreword to the complaint for attempted sexual assault filed against Jean-Jacques Bourdin, her interviewer in this first edition of the new BFMTV program.
The Republican candidate for the presidential election indeed insisted on recalling her commitment “against sexual harassment and violence against women”.
"The law of silence is over"
“I know that he (
Jean-Jacques Bourdin, Editor
's note ) strongly disputes these facts, she continued.
Of course, it is up to the courts to decide them and I respect the presumption of innocence, to which each of our compatriots is entitled.
But I would like to say it very clearly: if these accusations are true, they are serious and they must be condemned.”
Valérie Pécresse also declared that the fight against violence against women was a "personal fight".
“For too long society has looked the other way, closed its eyes, sought to minimize,” she said.
Too many women have been afraid for a long time to file a complaint.”
The candidate claimed that if elected president, she would “no longer let any woman be afraid to file a complaint”.
"The law of silence is over," she warned.
And for speech to be freed, women need to feel supported.
With me, they will be."
Before explaining the reason for his coming: "If I am here this evening, it is out of respect for you, the French, who have gathered to ask me the questions that you have prepared this week."
Jean-Jacques Bourdin, accused of having tried to kiss a former colleague against her will, and of having sent her insistent emails and SMS for several months, replied that he would not speak.
“But I dispute the facts reported by the press and I let justice do its job,” he added.
The video of Valérie Pécresse's foreword has since been viewed more than 324,000 times on Twitter. Some Internet users were nevertheless quick to point out the contradictions of the president of the Île-de-France region. Some of them criticize him for his support for Georges Tron in 2013. Accused of rape and sexual assault by two former municipal employees, the former mayor of Draveil sees the investigating judges dismiss his case. favor. “Happy for G Tron of his dismissal, wrote then the former minister. I think of the hardships he endured. Does the presumption of innocence exist for politicians? The former city councilor was later found guilty on appeal in February 2021.
In addition, during her career, the candidate has sometimes made remarks deemed sexist and compiled in an article by France Info. In 2016, the former spokesperson for the Fillon government attended the Futur en scène forum when she was invited to try a Segway. “It looks complex,” she says. If it's not made for women… You're excluding half the population, you know, if it's too complicated.” A year earlier, she was helping to clean up a Roma camp when she uttered the following sentence, in an expeditious tone: "Nothing like a woman to do the housework!"
Subsequently, Valérie Pécresse nevertheless demonstrated her commitment to women's rights on several occasions.
In November 2018, she thus announced the launch of a system intended for homeless women, in order to provide them with follow-up on questions of housing, “integration, childcare, health and hygiene”.
At the same time, she was indignant at her job interview with Dominique de Villepin.
"In politics, there are no normal women, there are only neurotic ones!", he allegedly told her.
In March 2020, she once again crushed sexism in politics: “When a man says something stupid, it’s a blunder.
When it's a woman, it's a gourd.
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