Gérard Larcher asks Joël Guerriau to “step aside” from his parliamentary actions | EUROtoday

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French senator Joël Guerriau, February 13, 2020.

The President of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, requested Senator Joël Guerriau (Horizons) on Monday, November 20 to “withdraw from all activities related to his mandate”after the indictment of the parliamentarian suspected of getting drugged a deputy with a view to sexually assaulting her.

“It is now up to Mr. Joël Guerriau to take his responsibilities, until the justice system and the police services can clarify the facts”estimates the presidency of the Senate in a press launch, emphasizing “the extreme seriousness of the facts alleged against the senator and [le] principle of dignity which attaches to the exercise of the parliamentary mandate”. Mr. Larcher extra significantly invited Mr. Guerriau “to resign from his functions as secretary of the Senate office and vice-chairman of the foreign affairs committee”.

The senator from Loire-Atlantique Joël Guerriau, 66 years previous, was indicted on Friday night, suspected of getting drugged Sandrine Josso, 48 years previous, MP (MoDem) elected from the identical division, on the night time of Tuesday to Wednesday with out his information, with a view to sexually assaulting him, accusations denied by his lawyer.

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Suspended by his occasion and his parliamentary group

Samples revealed the presence within the sufferer’s physique of ecstasy, a drug additionally discovered throughout a search of Mr. Guerriau’s dwelling. He was subsequently additionally indicted for “use and possession of narcotics”, and positioned below judicial supervision, together with a ban on going to the MP’s dwelling.

At the identical time, political sanctions shortly fell in opposition to Mr. Guerriau, suspended on Saturday in flip by his political occasion Horizons, then by his parliamentary group (Les Indépendants), each of which opened disciplinary procedures which might result in his exclusion.

The president of the communist group within the Senate, Cécile Cukierman, permitted Gérard Larcher’s request. “In order for the investigation to proceed peacefully, out of respect for the complainant and out of respect for the institution, withdrawal is appropriate. It’s the least we can do, without prejudging the results of the investigation”she stated.

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The World with AFP