While his campaign is parasitized by this affair, the EELV presidential candidate has denied being aware of possible sexual assaults perpetrated by Nicolas Hulot.
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The Hulot affair takes place in the countryside. The EELV presidential candidate, Yannick Jadot, promised Monday, November 29 “zero impunity” against the “guys who think they are powerful” and coerce women. His campaign manager, Mounir Satouri, announced on Saturday the decision to put “indented” spokesperson Matthieu Orphelin, a close friend of Nicolas Hulot, ex-star host and ex-minister accused of rape and sexual assault by several women, who testified for “Special Envoy”.
It is, according to the leaders of EELV, to allow him to conduct his communication freely, and to prevent Yannick Jadot’s campaign from being disrupted. But this decision provokes a pass of arms internally, between the management of EELV and Matthieu Orphelin, who puts this aside on the account of strategic differences with the candidate.
“Matthieu Orphelin is obviously not responsible for the sexual assaults of Nicolas Hulot, but from the moment he will be questioned on this subject [en tant que proche], he must regain his freedom of speech, carry his own word, and can no longer be the bearer of my word “, insisted Yannick Jadot on RTL Monday. He denied, for his part, having been aware of possible sexual assaults perpetrated by Nicolas Hulot (who for his part denies the facts), recalling that a book by journalist Bérengère Bonte in 2010 evoked simple “infidelities”.
Five months before the presidential election, Yannick Jadot says he wants to act against “Nicolas Hulot found everywhere”. If he was elected, “We will create the conditions for a change of vision to get out of these logics where guys who think they are powerful constantly manage to coerce, and where women cannot speak”.