Suspected of sexual harassment and sexual assault, former environmental secretary of state Jean-Vincent Placé was in custody on Monday March 28, learned The world and Agence France-Presse, confirming information from Parisian.
The ex-elected ecologist was placed in police custody in the premises of the brigade for the repression of delinquency against the person (BRDP), within the framework of an investigation opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office, after the complaint of an ex-collaborator.
She had filed a complaint in November 2021, accusing Jean-Vincent Placé of acts of sexual harassment between 2012 and 2016. Like her, former collaborators of elected environmentalists have since been heard by investigators, according to close sources. folder.
Already convicted of sexual harassment
The collaborator accused him in particular of having “touched the buttocks”, in August 2015 in Lille, on the sidelines of the summer gathering of Europe Ecologie les Verts (EELV). The second attack would have occurred in mid-May 2016 in Seoul, during an official trip by Jean-Vincent Placé: in a car, the former secretary of state of François Hollande would have “deliberately touched [sa] chest “.
Contacted at the time of the opening of the investigation, Jean-Vincent Placé had said that he did not wish, “at this stage, make any comment”. “I will, of course, answer any questions that may be asked of me by the investigators”he added.
In March 2021, Jean-Vincent Placé was fined for sexual harassment of a gendarme responsible for his security. In September 2018, he was given a three-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 1,000 euros for violence and outrage at a party where his behavior was recognized “extremely insistent” and “moved” towards a client.