"I went, in all friendship, to celebrate the re-election of this senator whom I have known for ten years, in confidence," begins by recounting Sandrine Josso, MoDem MP for Loire-Atlantique, about the evening of November 14. That evening, the elected official said she had been drugged by Senator Joël Guerriau. On the set of C à Vous, on France 5, this Monday evening, she delivers the chilling account of this evening and wants to warn about the "scourge of chemical submission".
"I was in the living room, he was in the kitchen. He poured me a glass of champagne from the kitchen, I didn't see the glass before I drank it," she said. "I took a first sip, I found that the taste was not the same as usual, it was sweet. I thought maybe it was of poor quality. He wanted us to toast a second time, a third time, I found it strange," she continued.
"I thought he was going to abuse me"
A few minutes after these first sips, Sandrine Josso felt palpitations. Thinking at first that the sensation comes from the fact that she is fasting, she asks her host for something to eat, but the pain does not go away. "He'd turn on the light really bright, and then he'd dim it. I didn't understand. The doctors explained to me that it was to increase the effectiveness of the drug," she says. The senator then allegedly insisted on serving him a second cup. The MP then said she saw Joël Guerriau put "a white bag back in a drawer under the counter" in the kitchen.
The MP explained that she then ordered a taxi. Will the senator let her go? "He's following me. He follows me into the elevator. He follows me into the courtyard. He follows me to the taxi," she replies. "I thought I was going to die, at first from a heart attack. I thought I was going to die because I thought he was going to abuse me. In the elevator I could no longer stand, "she delivers on the set of France 5.
Joël Guerriau denies the facts
"The doctors told me they see people like me every day, three times a day. We can all go through what I went through. This is no longer possible," she warned, saying she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and calling on the government to "do something about this scourge".
During a nearly two-hour confrontation held on Friday at the premises of the 3rd district of the Paris judicial police, Joël Guerriau denied Sandrine Josso's accusations. The elected official, who was placed under judicial supervision with a ban on "going to the victim's home" and "contacting victims and witnesses", denies having knowingly administered any substance to his host and pleads error. The senator "will fight to show that he never wanted to administer a substance to his co-worker and long-time friend to abuse her" and "will demonstrate that it was a handling error that caused the dramatic inconvenience suffered by his fellow MP," explained his lawyer, Mr. Drai.
"Joël Guerriau is not a predator, he is not a fan of chemical submission, he is an honest, respected and respectable man who will restore his honour and that of his family," the senator's lawyer concluded.