Christophe Girard, heard in March in connection with the Matzneff affair, resigned Thursday from his duties as deputy for Culture. Elected environmentalists and feminists had demanded its suspension and demonstrated Thursday under the windows of the City Hall with sometimes very raw slogans with regard to the town hall. “We are going to ask for an apology from our environmental partners, not on their mobilization that we respect but on the excesses, including in the demonstrations”, underlined Emmanuel Grégoire on Friday morning on franceinfo.
“There was an obvious lack of respect”
“There were 20 people (…) but there were signs that were inadmissible,” welcome to pedoland “and” pedos in common “, a diversion of our campaign logo (Paris in common) including environmentalists in second round of municipal elections on June 28, denounced Emmanuel Grégoire. “It will be more than an explanation. We have a problem, we want to clarify labor relations (…) there has been an obvious lack of respect, “lamented the first deputy.
I am disgusted. In what democracy do we live where the law is trampled by rumor, confusion and suspicion? All my support to my friend Christophe Girard.
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) July 23, 2020
Anne Hidalgo had given her support to her “friend” Christophe Girard on Thursday, saying she was “sickened”. “In what democracy do we live where the law is trampled on by rumor, confusion and suspicion?” She wrote in a tweet. Elected environmentalists and feminists wrote to him a few days ago to ask him for the suspension of the Deputy Culture and the opening of an internal investigation in the City of Paris, believing that Christophe Girard had to explain his links and actions with Gabriel Matzneff.
“We must salute his decision to withdraw”
“We must welcome his decision to withdraw,” “a decision which honors him, courageous and which certainly helps to calm the situation”, reacted on Friday on LCI the national secretary of EELV Julien Bayou, while adding that “perhaps it would have been easier not to appoint him deputy for Culture”. “Me, I would not necessarily have organized this demonstration, let alone used these slogans (…) which I find shocking”, he nevertheless specified.
Investigators interviewed Christophe Girard, secretary general of Maison Yves-Saint Laurent between 1986 and 1987, in March, a structure which provided financial support to the writer Gabriel Matzneff in the 1980s, according to several accounts. The writer is targeted by an investigation for “rape of minors” opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office after the publication in January of the autobiographical novel by Vanessa Springora in which she describes the relationship under the influence she had when she was a minor with the writer and who devastated her.