The decision is confirmed.
The Paris Court of Appeal pronounced, this Tuesday morning, a dismissal in favor of Gérald Darmanin in the case of the accusations of rape against him.
Sophie Patterson-Spatz, now 50, accuses the Home Secretary of sexual harassment, breach of trust and rape since 2017, for acts allegedly committed in 2009. After a first non- place pronounced last July, the plaintiff had appealed.
Before that, the investigation had been closed twice by the prosecution.
At the same time, the former mayor of Tourcoing, for his part, filed a complaint for slanderous denunciation against his accuser.
According to Sophie Patterson-Spatz, the one who was then in charge of the legal affairs department of the UMP promised her his support to have a conviction reviewed in exchange for a sexual relationship.
What she would have agreed to do.
There followed an exchange of key SMS for the file, in which the complainant accused him of having "abused his position", which the minister did not deny.
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Finally, when Gérald Darmnain was appointed Minister of Action and Public Accounts, Sophie Patterson-Spatz immersed herself in these facts which she had "hidden" and filed a complaint.
The case is reminiscent of another procedure against the Minister of the Interior, dismissed in 2018, in which a resident of Tourcoing - where he was mayor - accused him of abuse of weakness for sex in exchange for accommodation and employment, he said.