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“II thought I was dying”: Sandrine Josso’s first public testimony elevated stress on Senator Joël Guerriau, accused of getting drugged the MP with a view to sexually assaulting her, whereas the President of the Senate known as for “withdrawal » of the chosen one. “I just had the necessary survival instinct.” Less than every week after the occasions, Sandrine Josso got here out of silence to ship her reality on France 5. The member for Loire-Atlantique mentioned she went “with confidence” and “in all friendship” to have fun the re-election of her colleague senator , elected in the identical division.

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“A friend for ten years” whose “insistence” on toasting champagne a number of instances – whose “sweet” style surprises her – whereas taking part in with the sunshine dimmer in the lounge, she is shocked by. “He turned the light on very brightly, then turned it down,” a method identified to “increase the effectiveness of the drug W,” because the docs on the Lariboisière hospital the place she ended up spending the night time later defined to her.

Seized with “palpitations” and “sweating”, she then noticed her host put “a white bag under the work surface” in his kitchen – ecstasy, which the police present in the identical place throughout a search. “There, I understand,” however “I was already under the influence of drugs, my legs were shaking,” she continued. To escape the lure, she orders a taxi and realizes that her host follows her “in the elevator, in the courtyard, to the taxi”. “I was panicked, my heart was beating… I felt like I was having a heart attack,” added the girl who says she continues to be “in post-trauma” and “jumps all the time.” Wanting to make her case an instance, Sandrine Josso felt that “we can all suffer what I suffered” and that “(her) duty is to raise awareness”, but additionally to “enjoin the government to do something in relation to this scourge” of chemical submission.

Joël Guerriau invited to “stand back”

As for her alleged attacker, “I don’t care about him, he does what he has to do,” she said. Others took a position in his place, notably Gérard Larcher, who “invited” Joël Guerriau “to withdraw from all his activities linked to his mandate as senator”, in particular “his functions as secretary to the Senate Office and vice-president of the Foreign Affairs Committee. A request motivated by “the extreme seriousness of the facts alleged against the senator and (the) principle of dignity which attaches to the exercise of the parliamentary mandate”, underlined the President of the Senate.

An approach immediately supported by the leader of the communist senators, Cécile Cukierman, for whom “it is the least we can do”, both “out of respect for the complainant and out of respect for the institution”. Indicted Friday evening for “administration without the knowledge of (Sandrine Josso) of a substance likely to impair her discernment or control of her actions in order to commit rape or sexual assault”, as well as “detention and use of substances classified as narcotics”, Joël Guerriau has since been positioned beneath judicial management with a ban on coming into contact with the complainant.

Although he contests, by his lawyer, any malicious intent and pleads “a manipulation error”, the senator – who doesn’t profit from parliamentary immunity on this “flagrant” affair – is already launched from all shares. The first political sanctions have already fallen: in fast succession on Saturday, his political get together Horizons, then his parliamentary group determined to droop him and open disciplinary procedures which may result in his exclusion.