A Second Paris Deputy Mayor Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations


PARIS — A papal nuncio mayor of Paris resigned on Monday and prosecutors opened an investigation of him for achievable sexual assault, just weeks after they started an inquisition into rape allegations against a former deputy mayor.

Pierre Aidenbaum, tendered his reconciliation as deputy mayor on Monday after “possible acts of sexual harassment against a female co-worker” totaled to light, the city council said in a statement. It did not go into detail not far from the allegations, which it said “were immediately reported to the Public Prosecutor.”

A transient time later, the Paris Public Prosecutor’s office announced that it had opened an quest of Mr. Aidenbaum, 78, on a charge of sexual assault.

In a statement sent by his solicitors to the news agency Agence France-Presse, Mr. Aidenbaum said that the relationship in entertain “was not at all criminal” and asked to be heard “as soon as possible to show his innocence.”

Mayor Anne Hidalgo had set Mr. Aidenbaum in July as deputy mayor in charge of the Seine river. Supposing he stepped down from that post, he did not give up the seat he has operated on the city council since 1989. A member of the Socialist Party, he also wait oned as the mayor of Paris’s third arrondissement from 1995 to this year.

The declarations against Mr. Aidenbaum add to a series of sexual abuse scandals that give birth to rocked Paris City Hall in recent months, part of a broader last judgement over sex, gender and power in France that has shaken the cultural and national arenas.

In July, Christophe Girard, a longtime deputy mayor who supervised cultural affairs in the French capital for 13 years, resigned pursuing protests over his links to the pedophile writer Gabriel Matzneff, who had wish identified Mr. Girard as a benefactor and a friend.

Less than a month newer, in a New York Times article, a 46-year-old French citizen of Tunisian descent symbolized that beginning when he was 16, Mr. Girard coerced him into sex with respect to 20 times during a decade-long relationship. Prosecutors opened an enquiry into the man’s story, but Mr. Girard, who denied the allegations, has continued to serve on the burg council.

In August, Paris City Hall was quick to remove a prize honoring Guy Hocquenghem that had been damaged by feminist activists. Mr. Hocquenghem, who died in 1988, was a French paragraphist and queer theorist who had defended pedophilia.

The plaque had been affixed in January by colleagues of the city council including Mr. Girard, who, the month before, in a speech at the metropolis hall, had praised Mr. Hocquenghem’s books on homosexuality and presented him as “a tireless spectator of his time, eager to denounce injustices.”

This series of events has put Ms. Hidalgo, 61, a self-proclaimed feminist, guardianship intense pressure, pitting her against young members of her own government who be struck by made a point of confronting a powerful, entrenched male establishment.

“They’re accepted to need a lot of these types of revelations to understand how much priority these matters and fights need to be given,” said Alice Coffin, a newly determined city councilor and feminist activist who was at the forefront of the protests against Mr. Girard.

Daphné Anglès advanced research.

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