EELV: Julien Bayou, swept up in the #Metoo wave, is resigning from his post as National Secretary

EELV: Julien Bayou, swept up in the #Metoo wave, is resigning from his post as National Secretary

On the left, the #MeToo wave is breaking out again: the leader of the Greens, Julien Bayou, resigned from his functions on Monday because he sees himself trapped in an “unsustainable” situation in which he does not defend himself against allegations of emotional abuse can his ex-girlfriend.

“I announced this morning to the members of Europe Ecologie les Verts that I am resigning from my position as Secretary of State,” Julien Bayou said in a press release.

He will also announce his “resignation from the chair of the environmental group in the National Assembly” later in the day, a post from which he has been suspended for several days, he added.

The EELV national secretary says he is “accused of facts which (him) are not presented with, which (his) prosecutors say are not criminally reprehensible” and for which he cannot defend himself “because they refuse to hear me,” he explains.

“This situation is untenable and the pernicious context seems to prevent any distinction at a time when society is shaken and is looking for balance for this much-needed feminist revolution,” he added, stressing that his decision “is out of the question is asked” nor his mandate as a member of parliament nor his “current and future engagement”.

This resignation comes after allegations of moral harassment by an ex-companion. The facts with which he is accused are not clearly known, no complaint has been made and no judicial investigation has been initiated.

The case was uncovered in July when EELV’s internal sexual violence and harassment cell was seized over a report involving him.

Ecologist Sandrine Rousseau, member of the Nupes, in Paris on June 21, 2022 (AFP/Archives – JULIEN DE ROSA)

But it took a new turn last week when MP Sandrine Rousseau accused him of “behaving in a way that could affect women’s moral health” and said on a TV he was given “a long time” at her home depressed” ex-girlfriend of Mr. Bayou.

The ecofeminist had also asserted that “there are obviously several” affected by these behaviors.

She then responded via Twitter to a request from the Relève féministe collective, which was surprised at the slowness of the internal investigation into him.

Amid the Adrien Quatennens affair – the Insoumis MP who admitted domestic violence to his ex-companion – the environmental group’s office had decided in the assembly last week to suspend Julien Bayou from his duties as co-president, who he filled with Gabrielle Chatelain.

– coup de grace –

And the coup de grace was delivered on Sunday by former presidential candidate Yannick Jadot, who judged that he “would be of good intelligence for the composure of the ‘internal investigation’ (…) from which we are expediting his withdrawal from the national secretariat of EELV”, while the show Grand-Jury RTL / Le Figaro / LCI.

Yannick Jadot, August 27, 2022 in Blois (AFP/Archives - GUILLAUME SOUVANT)
Yannick Jadot, August 27, 2022 in Blois (AFP/Archives – GUILLAUME SOUVANT)

Julien Bayou should have resigned from his position as national secretary of the Congress in December anyway, as the EELV statutes do not allow him to combine his functions as MP and party leader.

Regarding the allegations, Mr Bayou, who is scheduled to hold a press conference Monday afternoon, told Le Figaro in July that it was “a breach accompanied by thinly veiled threats to my seat and a form of instrumentalization that I only can.” regret”.

Speaking to franceinfo, EELV MEP Karima Delli “takes note” of Julien Bayou’s decision, declaring that “we are at a time when violence against women is a priority issue”.

But she points out that “a cell was confiscated,” which at the moment “didn’t bring any conclusion. I don’t think you can do justice to yourself, the court shouldn’t exist.”

This resignation adds a dose of chaos within the EELV, where an internal referendum aimed at simplifying organization and adjusting the party to “take power” was rejected by members this weekend.

This referendum, sponsored by Marine Tondelier, who was due to seek the party leader in December, and backed by the leadership, marks a clear split within the party already known for its opaque debates and internal struggles.


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