French President Emmanuel Macron Slammed for Defending Gerard Depardieu Amid New Assault Claims

Women’s groups say Macron is “not a feminist,” after he decried calls to strip the actor’s Legion of Honour award as a “witchhunt”

Emmanuel Macron and Gerard Depardieu
Side by side of Emmanuel Macron and Gerard Depardieu (Photo Credit: Getty Collection)

French President Emmanuel Macron defended actor Gérard Depardieu and said calls to strip him of his Legion of Honour medal in the wake of multiple sexual assault allegations amounted to a “witch hunt,” according to multiple reports.

“I am a great admirer of Gérard Depardieu,” Macron said Wednesday night during an appearance on the French talk show C à Vous. The president insisted that the growing number of allegations against the renowned actor do not bring shame on the country.

“As president of the republic and as a citizen, I say he makes France proud,” Macron said.

The comments were followed by news Thursday that a Spanish journalist and writer was the latest woman to file a complaintagainst Depardieu,telling Spanish police he sexually abused her during an interview in Paris in 1995, The


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