Via a Facebook post, the former Minister of Culture reacted to the resignation of the deputy mayor of Paris Christophe Girard.
“Stop cultural McCarthyism”, reacted Friday the former socialist Minister of Culture Jack Lang after the resignation of the deputy mayor of Paris Christophe Girard, criticized by environmentalists for having been in contact in the past with the‘writer Gabriel Matzneff.
“The forced resignation of Christophe Girard is saddening. This man who fights with talent and courage for the arts, for culture, for freedom is forced today to give up his mission. This is unacceptable, “wrote the former minister and president of the Arab World Institute (IMA) on his Facebook account.
While environmentalists, allies of the socialist mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo contested, Christophe Girard, heard in March in the context of the Matzneff affair, preferred to resign Thursday from his functions of deputy for Culture, denouncing a “climate general deleterious “. The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo gave him her support: “I am disgusted. In what democracy do we live where the law is trampled on by rumor, amalgamation and suspicion?”.
Investigators interviewed Christophe Girard in March as secretary general of Maison Yves-Saint Laurent between 1986 and 1987. The house had provided financial support to Gabriel Matzneff in the 1980s, according to several accounts. The writer is targeted by an investigation for “rape of minors” opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office.
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