“Keep your old world, we want one without sexist and sexual violence”: a collective of feminist associations calls for demonstrations on Thursday in France, three weeks after the support given by President Emmanuel Macron to Gérard Depardieu.
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“We call on all those who defend the rights of women, children and gender minorities, and who reject sexist and sexual violence, to demonstrate,” writes the Grève feminist collective in a press release.
“Since #metoo, progress has been made. Let us not allow these advances to be destroyed by irresponsible, serious and sexist statements by the President of the Republic that have undermined the rights of the victims and the rights of all women and children,” the group adds.
In particular, a meeting is planned at 6:00 p.m. in Paris. Others advertise in around thirty cities, including Marseille, Lille and Lyon.
Guest on the public channel France 5 on December 20, Emmanuel Macron supported Gérard Depardieu – accused of rape and the subject of three complaints for sexual assault or rape that he denies –, calling him a “great actor” who makes “the world” proud. France” and denouncing “human persecution.”
The comments of the Head of State, pronounced after the broadcast on another public channel of a report in which the actor multiplies misogynistic and insulting comments addressing women, shocked a part of the population.
Feminist associations described the President of the Republic’s statements as “spitting” on victims of sexual violence and denounced a “reversal of blame.”
Since then, the Government spokesperson and the president of MoDem, an allied party of the President of the Republic, have distanced themselves from Emmanuel Macron’s position: the first, Olivier Véran, has declared himself “shocked” by the statements of Gérard Depardieu and the second, François Bayrou, declared that he had “no indulgence” towards the actor.
“Self-proclaimed champion of the fight against violence against women, President Macron is neither more nor less a defender of the alleged aggressors,” considers Grève Feminista, deploring that the head of state has not “said a word of solidarity with the alleged aggressors.” victims.
The call for the demonstration was signed in particular by the Feminist Collective Against Rape, the National Women’s Solidarity Federation, the League of Human Rights, Family Planning and Dare Feminism.