Former Minister Nicolas Hulot, targeted by new allegations of sexual assault and rape, which he exposed on Wednesday and denied, announced on BFMTV to leave “public life forever”. “I will leave the honorary presidency of my foundation to protect them from dirt.” He also said he was “disgusted” before the broadcast of a TV documentary that gave a voice to women accusing him of “sexual assault and rape”, “pure false accusations” according to him.
A rape complaint dismissed
According to questions from journalist Bruce Toussaint, the report in question is to be broadcast by the show Correspondent on France 2, but France Televisions has not confirmed this to AFP. According to Nicolas Hulot, four or five women would file charges against him, in addition to the grandson of François Mitterrand, whose charge of “rape” had already emerged four years ago. The Saint-Malo prosecution, like Nicolas Hulot, had confirmed the rape charge filed in 2008, but closed without follow-up, as the condemned acts dating back to 1997 were “prescribed”.
Nicolas Hulot, the former head of government Edouard Philippe and the current Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot, had been elected to the French’s three favorite political figures, according to an Ifop-Fiducial poll published in January 2021.