He will only have been officially invested for a handful of days in the 14th district of the Rhône, in Vénissieux. The day after the withdrawal of his candidacy for the legislative elections, Taha Bouhafs is caught in new torments. According to information from BFMTV, released on Wednesday, May 11, the activist La France insoumise would be the subject of an investigation opened by his own party concerning accusations of harassment and sexual violence. Recalling the principle of “presumption of innocence”, La France insoumise revealed that it had “confronted” Taha Bouhafs with the alleged facts, the “seriousness” of which the party underlines. “After this confrontation and even before the end of our internal procedure, Taha Bouhafs made the choice to renounce his nomination for the legislative elections. Following this withdrawal, the work of the monitoring committee continues to support and direct the women who spoke to the appropriate structures. He is available to receive any testimonies from other women, ”continues the left-wing movement.
“I learn of the accusations against Taha Bouhafs. Women’s voices must be taken seriously. I am counting on the LFI ad hoc commission to establish the truth. This does not exempt the racists who harassed him, “commented in the middle of the afternoon on Twitter Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Several sources have stipulated to BFMTV that at least three people have testified against the one who defines himself as an independent journalist. These accusatory stories have circulated internally, within the movement, and have not, for the time being, been the subject of complaints.
In an interview with Mediapart, via her program À l’air libre, Clémentine Autain, LFI MP, added: “The report we received on Saturday is of a seriousness that we have never encountered. We are overwhelmed by what we have read and heard. »
I learn of the accusations against Taha Bouhafs. Women’s voices must be taken seriously. I am counting on the LFI ad hoc commission to establish the truth. This does not exempt the racists who harassed him.https://t.co/VybjIVggCv
Taha Bouhafs had been declared a candidate at the investiture convention of the New People’s Ecological and Social Union (Nupes), Saturday evening, for the legislative elections. Only 24 hours after the reporter entered the race, Jean-Luc Mélenchon himself would have decided, on Sunday evening, to “unplug” him, after a meeting between LFI members.
Several political figures had publicly denounced the candidacy of the activist, who is not in his first legal scandal. “I do not understand that La France insoumise can present someone under its colors who was convicted at first instance for racial insults”, had notably deplored Fabien Roussel, national secretary of the PCF. The principal concerned indicated that he had appealed this decision, after his conviction fell in the fall. In a press release published overnight from Monday to Tuesday, Taha Bouhafs had deplored the fact of being at the heart of an “unprecedented storm of attacks”.