The inter-union of parliamentary collaborators regretted on Wednesday January 12 that no report of harassment had been made to justice by the ethics officer of the National Assembly, despite 25 cases brought to its attention since 2020. No report has been made to the public prosecutor, while several situations of very great suffering and a case of sexual harassment have been noted ”, affirms the inter-union (CFDT, CFE-CGC, CFTC, CGT, SNCP FO, Solidaires, Unsa) in a press release.
During a meeting on Tuesday with representatives of the Assembly’s anti-harassment unit and the institution’s ethics officer , the inter-union learned that 19 people had contacted the cell between February and October 2021, for questions of moral harassment. “One case involved a situation of both moral harassment and sexual harassment” and “an additional situation of ”very serious” sexual harassment had was brought to the attention of the cell last November ”, specifies the inter-union.
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This one says her “ incomprehension ” on the fact that no report has been brought to justice on the basis of article 40 of the code of criminal procedure by the ethics officer, who received 14 files from the cell in 2020 and 11 in 2021. Contacted by AFP, the ethics officer indicated that he did not did not have the right to communicate information to the press.
The “prevention and action unit compagnement”, with a doctor, psychologist and specialized lawyer was launched at the beginning of 2020, in accordance with a vote of the deputies. Its mission is to listen to and advise people – collaborators of MEPs and political groups as well as officials of the Assembly and MEPs themselves – and if necessary accompany them so that they undertake the appropriate procedures, such as filing a complaint, a rare step at the Palais Bourbon. The unit can also send all useful information to the ethics officer, who can take legal action himself.
The Mediapart site revealed at the end of December that the deputy of Gironde ex-LREM Benoît Simian had forced his collaborator to sleep in the same room as him , and multiplied the intimate messages. The employee contacted the ethics officer. The deputy notably advances “ political differences ” to justify the deterioration of relations with his collaborator. Benoît Simian is also implicated by his wife in the context of a stormy divorce and sent back to correctional for “ harassment ” against him.