A little bomb.
It is 2:49 p.m. this Wednesday when the Point website publishes an article crossed out with the word “exclusive”.
The journalist Aziz Zemouri accuses the couple of deputies from La France Insoumise Raquel Garrido and Alexis Corbière of exploiting an undocumented cleaning lady "subject to infernal cadences".
The information is based on a police check that allegedly took place in May in Paris, during which the employee – a 36-year-old Algerian who arrived in France on a student visa in 2008 – could not have presented a document. stay with the police.
She would then have told them to work "day and night" for the two parliamentarians at their home in Bagnolet (Seine-Saint-Denis) and "also in Parisian accommodation where their children are taken care of in order to be educated in the capital " .
According to the article, the couple would have promised papers to the young woman in the event of victory of Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the presidential election or of Nupes in the legislative elections.
According to the journalist, Raquel Garrido, who has just been elected for the first time to the National Assembly on Sunday June 19, would mistreat her employee.
"I tell you to stay, you stay, if it doesn't suit you, there are plenty in your case who want to work, but you can forget your papers," she wrote in an SMS.
In another exchange, the nanny would ask to be paid (without the SMS specifying whether it was an advance or not), and Raquel Garrido would then retort: "Monsieur will give you €150 for the week, we will see the stay after.
Judicial response to come
In the afternoon, the publication of the magazine, classified on the right, caused a surge on social networks.
The couple faced criticism from many internet users and this morning they were still trending on Twitter under various hashtags, including #Thénardier, in reference to the innkeepers in Victor Hugo's book Les Misérables exploiting the famous little Cosette.
Less than two hours after the publication of the article, the two elected officials published a press release in which they formally denied the accusations made by the magazine and announced that they had asked their lawyer "to respond to this attack judicially".
Article @LePoint: EVERYTHING IS FALSE.
We instruct our lawyer to file a complaint.
— Raquel Garrido (@RaquelGarridoFr) June 22, 2022
Since then, several Internet users have come to their defense, expressing doubts about the screenshots of the messages attributed to Raquel Garrido and posted at the end of the day by the Point journalist on social networks.
According to several local sources, the last daughter of the couple - the two eldest being much older - is well educated in an elementary school in Bagnolet, a city where Raquel Garrido is also an opposition municipal councilor.
During an interview during the campaign for the municipal elections in 2020, she had already told us that her children were educated in Seine-Saint-Denis, deploring the shortcomings of the State in terms of education in the department.
While many upset families are turning to private education, Raquel Garrido had ruled out this option, stressing that everyone would fall on her if she put her children in private.