Why France's new interior minister must go

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In a French government reshuffle earlier this month, former junior budget minister Gérald Darmanin, under investigation over rape allegations, was given the senior post of interior minister. Darmanin, 37, a loyal ally of former president Nicolas Sarkozy who has been sent for future trial on separate counts of corruption and illegal election campaign spending, has since caused widespread outrage with his comments on the issue of police violence and racial and religious tensions. In this op-ed article, Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel argues why not only Darmanin’s appointment should never have taken place, but why he should now be dismissed in the name of the morality required of public office.

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The recent ministerial promotion of former budget minister Gérald Darmanin, appointed as interior minister in the French government reshuffle earlier this month despite being under investigation over allegations that he committed rape, was an insult to women victims of the abuse, violence and privilege of men.