Around thirty demonstrators gathered outside the city Hall in Paris on Thursday afternoon to demand the resignation of Christophe Girard, the assistant in charge of culture of the City of Paris, over his links to writer Gabriel Matzneff, who is being investigated for paedophilia.
The Paris environmental group asked for the immediate suspension of Girard while waiting for the Inspectorate General of the Paris city hall to conduct an investigation to verify that he would not have taken advantage and used his status of assistant to culture to help the author Matzneff, who is under investigation for raping a minor.
The protesters held various signs reading messages such as: «Paris city hall: welcome to Pedoland,» «Shame on you,» and «accomplices.»
«What he [Christophe Girard] is accused of is, in the context of the Matzneff case, to have participated when he was general secretary with Yves Saint Laurent-Berger, his role in the financing of the hotel where Matzneff was a refugee, where Matzneff would not have been able to stay and without this financing, and he received minors, the 15-year-olds,» Ecologist party official Genevieve Lardy Woringer stated.
Police officers were seen supervising and talking to the protesters, as they tried to control the protests with a fence.
Girard resigned later in the evening stating that he did not wish to «justify myself permanently for something that does not exist.»
The official had previously been interviewed by investigators in March, due to his role as secretary general of Maison Yves Saint-Laurent between 1986 and 1987, where he allegedly created a structure which provided financial support to Matzneff during the 80s.