After several weeks of silence, Bayou takes the floor to proclaim his innocence – Liberation


In an interview with Le Monde published on Tuesday morning, the former national secretary of the Greens explains that, according to him, there is “no Bayou affair” explaining that he is “in the situation of someone innocent of the facts of which we do not accuse him”.

Julien Bayou breaks the silence. After several weeks of media diet time to pass the storm, the deputy of Paris, accused of “psychological abuse” by an ex-companion, spoke for the first time since his press release, more than a week ago, announcing his resignation from his posts as national secretary of Europe Ecology-the Greens (EE-LV) and co-president of the environmental group in the Assembly. In an interview in the worldBayou continues to contest the charges against him. “There is no Bayou case. […]. There is no fact underlying the anathemas I have heard. I am in the situation of someone innocent of the facts of which he is not accused “, considers the ecologist. From an article in Figaro published in July, it is the first time that he has spoken publicly about the accusations against him.

A speech that comes the day after the referral, by his ex-companion, to the EELV investigation unit against violence against women. The latter indicated, through her lawyer Me Tuaillon-Hibon, that she agreed to be heard “under certain conditions ensuring the security of the testimonies”. So far, the cell had self-seized following an email from the alleged victim, at the end of June, who had so far refused to be interviewed. “It is confirmation that the cell has been working in a vacuum for three months, because it has so far refused to testify, while on my side, I have asked four times to be heard. If it can help move forward…”believes Bayou.

“This is a very painful breakup”

True to his line since the start of the affair, the former boss of the ecologists claims to be in a very uncomfortable position: “There are no charges, I cannot defend myself against them, and yet I am presumed guilty. My accusers say themselves that there is nothing reprehensible”, he hammers. On the very nature of the accusations against him, the former regional elected representative of Ile-de-France says he considers that “To define psychological violence, the intention is an important element. This is based on identifiable facts: threats, intimidation, mockery, the fact of lowering the person, of imposing opinions on him.. “There is none of that. It is a very painful break with shared suffering. I am not the intentional author of the suffering, real, of my ex-companion”he continues.

About the revelations of Release noting the existence of surveillance by an informal feminist collective which reproached him for his conduct with women and investigated his private relationships, Julien Bayou confirms that he was spied on for several years. “Yes, in 2019, I had to ask a female activist to stop investigating me, and especially to peddle rumors and accusations without evidence”, he says. According to him, the period turned out to be “a relentlessness, which turned into suffering, including for the person she claimed to be defending”. “I see it as instrumentalization for a settlement of accounts, he adds confident that he hesitated to file a handrail. More broadly on the sequence, the deputy believes that“we must not confuse feminism and McCarthyism”. “Feminism, yes of course, always. McCarthyism is a whole other subjecthe continues. It is to say: “I have lists of men”, it is to make accusations that you cannot contradict”.

“Sandrine Rousseau has gone too far”

This interview opens a new chapter in this story that has been shaking environmentalists for several weeks. A media sequence opened by Sandrine Rousseau on September 19 on France 5. Guest of the program C à vous, the ecofeminist responds to several questions on Twitter from several activists and feminist collectives: these last requests to the management of EE-LV why “no action seems to have been taken” against Bayou while “the VSS cell [du parti] was seized in July after accusations of violence committed by [lui] on his ex-partner. Rousseau then says he is aware of the report, claims to have received this woman at her home and accuses his national secretary of having had “behaviours likely to break the moral health of women”. “She went too fartranche Bayou. […] We do not throw at prime time the psychological situation of someone who is suffering or accusations without elements ”. According to the eco-friendly MP, his colleague could have answered that“it’s about privacy and the protection of people”. Moreover, the former national secretary of EE-LV ensures that many in his party think that it has gone too far, without daring to say so in public.

“Withdrawn” from his position as group co-president, Bayou announced, a week later, early in the morning on Monday, September 26, that he was resigning from his position as national secretary. In his short text, the former association activist said he regretted a “untenable situation” in a “deleterious context”. “I am accused of facts which are not presented to me, of which my accusers-ices say that they are not criminally reprehensible, and which I cannot therefore defend myself since they refuse to hear me”, he developed before leaving his lawyer, Me Marie Dosé, to expose his version in front of the press in the afternoon. In front of twenty journalists gathered in a bar in the Marais, the council of the ecologist, after going into the details of the separation, severely criticized the cell fighting against VSS within EE-LV. According to her, the decision she makes will necessarily be “political and biased”. “Everyone knows that the congress of ecologists is being held at the end of the year: political ambition cannot justify all the crusades”, already added Dosé, in reference, without naming her, to Sandrine Rousseau.

Shaken, environmentalists chose on Saturday to reaffirm their confidence in both. On the one hand, management reminded “all confidence [qu’elle porte] in the work of the cell» fight against SGBV, specifying that“She continues her work and her auditions”. On the other, she confirmed that this same cell “did not consider that there was reason to suspend Julien Bayou on a conservatory basis”. For his part, the former boss of the party warns: he will be back in the National Assembly this Tuesday.


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