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“I thought I was dying”: Drugged French senator speaks out

MP Sandrine Josso has made her first public testimony since she accused one other lawmaker of drugging her.


French lawmaker Joel Guerriau was detained for 48 hours on Friday and handed preliminary fees for drugging one other lawmaker with the intention of rape or sexual assault.

Lower than every week after the alleged incident, that lawmaker, Sandrine Josso instructed TV channel, France 5 she “simply had the mandatory survival intuition”. 

The alleged incident occurred Tuesday night within the senator’s residence. 

Josso, a member of the decrease home of parliament representing the Loire-Atlantique area with the centrist Modem occasion, stated she went “with confidence” and “friendship” to rejoice the re-election of her colleague, Guerriau, who additionally represents the Loire-Atlantique area.

Josso stated 66-year-old Guerriau was “a buddy for ten years” who “insisted” on toasting with champagne a number of instances, which, she famous had an uncommon “candy” style.

The MP stated she was stunned that Guerriau was enjoying with the sunshine dimmer in the lounge.

“He turned the sunshine on very brightly, then turned it down”.  

Medical doctors on the Lariboisière hospital the place she ended up spending the night time later defined to her that the approach is thought to “enhance the effectiveness of the drug”.

Seized with “palpitations” and “sweating”, Josso stated she noticed her host put “a white bag beneath the work floor” within the kitchen.  The police later discovered ecstasy there throughout a search.

At that time Josso stated she “understood” she was “already beneath the affect of medication…my legs had been shaking,” she continued. 

She managed to order a taxi, however realised that Guerriau had adopted her “within the elevator, within the courtyard, to the taxi”.

“I was panicked, my coronary heart was beating… I felt like I was having a coronary heart assault,” stated Josso, including that she remains to be “in post-trauma” and “jumps on a regular basis.”

Josso says she now needs to make her case an instance: “We are able to all undergo what I suffered” and it’s “(her) responsibility to lift consciousness”, but in addition to “urge the federal government to do one thing about this scourge” of chemical submission.

As for her alleged attacker, “I don’t care about him, he does what he has to do,” she stated.

His lawyer stated Guerriau didn’t intend to drug Josso to abuse her and has apologised to her. In an announcement, lawyer Remi-Pierre Drai stated ‘’it was a dealing with error’’ that brought on the lawmaker to fall ailing. He didn’t elaborate.

“Joel Guerriau just isn’t a predator,’’ the lawyer stated. “He’s an trustworthy, revered and respectable man who will restore his honour and that of his household nevertheless lengthy it takes.’’

Preliminary fees beneath French legislation imply investigating magistrates have robust cause to suspect wrongdoing however enable extra time earlier than figuring out whether or not to ship a case to trial.

After the fees had been introduced, the centre-right Horizons political group introduced his suspension, saying that it ‘’won’t ever tolerate the slightest complacency towards sexual and sexist violence.” 


Horizons is allied in parliament with President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance occasion.


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