Julien Bayou, implicated, drops the co-presidency of environmentalists in the Assembly

After the deputy LFI Adrien Quatennens, it is the turn of the national secretary of EELV Julien Bayou to be in turn targeted by accusations of violence against his ex-spouse. Monday evening, in the program C à vous on France 5, the deputy and finalist of the primary environmentalist Sandrine Rousseau affirmed to have received at her home an ex-girlfriend of Julien Bayouaccusing him of “behavior likely to break the moral health of women”. Following these accusations, on Tuesday, the deputy withdrew from the co-presidency of the environmental group in the Assembly, according to information from franceinfo.

“When I saw this woman, she was in a very depressed state, she was in very bad shape, she also attempted suicide a few weeks later”she added, also indicating: “They are obviously several, I only heard one testimony. A journalistic investigation seems to be in progress”.

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Julien Bayou had mentioned at the beginning of July with the Figaro a break “which in no way constitutes gender-based or sexual violence or inappropriate behavior towards anyone”. “Unfortunately, this is a story that ends in pain, and a rupture that comes with barely veiled threats against me and a form of instrumentalization that I can only deplore,” he added.

An internal party investigation

“The investigation and sanction unit against sexual and gender-based violence was seized this summer and is doing its job”, told AFP the number 2 of EELV and deputy Sandra Regol. An internal party cell “whose operation is autonomous, transparent, voluntary and independent of the party and its leaders”, detailed the party in a statement on Tuesday, ensuring to be “fully mobilized in the fight against violence against women”.

According to the press release, “the cell was seized in July 2022 for a report concerning Julien Bayou“. Cell that “depending on the urgency and seriousness of the alleged facts”, “may decide on precautionary measures”. The manager argued that Julien Bayou was already observing a period of withdrawal pending the conclusions of the internal cell. Mr. Bayou has however delivered the homecoming speech then held a press briefing at the party’s summer days at the end of August in Grenoble.

Withdrawal from the Assembly

Given the magnitude of the case, a bet withdrawn from the co-presidency of the environmental group in the Assembly was finally decided on Tuesday morning during a group meeting in the Assembly, in the presence of 23 environmental deputies, according to information from franceinfo. Julien Bayou will remain withdrawn from the co-presidency of the group for the time of the investigation and in the meantime, it is Cyrielle Châtelain, the other co-president, who will chair the group alone. On the other hand, Julien Bayou remains national secretary of Europe Ecologie-Les Verts.

The environmental group in the National Assembly says “to take note” of Julien Bayou’s decision. “This situation is not worth resignation”, underlines the group in a press release published Tuesday evening. He also ensures that he takes “very seriously the voice of women and the subject of violence against women”. The position of the group has been decided “without predicting the conclusions of this affair and to ensure the serenity of the return to parliament”.

“Among environmentalists, we avoid no questions”, had assured earlier added Sandra Regol, tackling in passing the Insoumis, including several executives, Jean-Luc Mélenchon in mind, were criticized for their reaction to the Quatennens affair. Asked about the leader of France Insoumise, the Prime Minister judged “obviously extremely shocking to have someone trivializing domestic violence”. The ex-presidential candidate denounced in a tweet “police malice, media voyeurism, social networks“, welcoming on the other hand the “dignity” and the “courage” by Adrian Quatennens.

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