French court again dismisses rape claim against minister

The Paris appeals courtroom on Tuesday confirmed the dropping of a rape case towards Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin, though his accuser stated she would maintain preventing to have it heard.

Chief prosecutor Remy Heitz stated the courtroom had confirmed the abandonment of the case, originating from a 2017 criticism by Sophie Patterson-Spatz that Darmanin raped her in 2009.

The decision is a lift for Darmanin, 40, a younger high-flying determine on the appropriate of President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist authorities who steadily talks robust on preventing unlawful immigration and crime.

“For the fifth time in virtually six years, the justice system has discovered that no objectionable act could be imputed to Gerald Darmanin,” his attorneys Pierre-Olivier Sur and Mathias Chichportich stated, including that the minister “will make no additional remark”.

“What a shock,” Patterson-Spatz’s lawyer Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon wrote on Twitter, including that her consumer would take her case to France’s high courtroom, the Courtroom of Cassation, and the European Courtroom of Human Rights if she failed there.

Patterson-Spatz and her attorneys say Darmanin extorted intercourse from the plaintiff in change for intervening in a case towards her when he labored within the authorized service of the conservative UMP social gathering — since renamed to the Republicans.

Darmanin acknowledges having intercourse with Patterson-Spatz, however says it was consensual.

In 2021 an investigating Justice of the Peace stated the case ought to be dropped, discovering that Patterson-Spatz’s “sincerity… couldn’t be doubted” however that she had “intentionally chosen to have intercourse with (Darmanin) in hopes of getting her felony case retried”.

“The legislation can’t be combined up with morality,” the Justice of the Peace added, saying the plaintiff was “consenting within the eyes of the legislation”.

A second rape investigation towards Darmanin, on suspicion he extorted intercourse from a lady in change for a job and an house, was dropped in 2018.

In his submit since July 2020, Darmanin has sought to shore up relations with the police and in addition performed a key position in talks with British counterparts searching for to restrict the crossings of small boats throughout the Channel.