France: Hundreds take to streets of Nantes against interior minister accused of rape

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the French city of Nantes on Friday to protest Monday's nominations of Gerald Darmanin, who is being investigated for rape, as interior minister, and Eric Dupond-Moretti, who defended high-profile rape suspects, as justice minister. Feminists and queer groups were seen marching, applauding and chanting slogans such as «Police, police, rapist state» and «Rapist minister, assassin,» asking for Darmanin resignation. «We are fed up with having people who do bullshit like that, and who have the right to be in the government. They are the worst example that we can give to a whole generation of having the right to be nominated as France's top cop and be suspected and accused of being a rapist. They have no right to do that,» a protester said. Many protesters held banners for a «Queer and feminist revolution» and «Against a sexist, racist LGTBQphobe government.» Darmanin is under investigation for the alleged rape of Sophie Patterson-Spatz in 2009, an accusation which he denies. In June an appeals court in Paris ordered prosecutors to reopen the case after a series of appeals and dismissals. French President Emmanuel Macron office said on Monday that the complaint was «not an obstacle» to his appointment as Minister of Interior.

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