French TV host’s sexual assault spotlights female harassment debate
The shocking incident immediately gained attention and led to a public outcry across the world on social media
While French politicians debate Islam and women’s rights in France, a French commentator’s sexual assault on a woman during live TV has caused a stir and put female harassment under the spotlight.
When Jean-Michel Maire was refused a kiss by a young woman last week during a re-enactment of the Kim Kardashian robbery in Paris, he went a step further by kissing her on the breast on a popular French TV show, the TPMP.
The shocking incident immediately gained attention and led to a public outcry across the world on all social media platforms.
“They keep on telling us that Muslims don’t respect women and so on, but in TPMP is this guy Muslim?” Twitter user Olivier Rimmel said.
On arrête pas de nous expliquer que les musulmans ne respectent pas les femmes et blablabla, pourtant dans #TPMP l'autre là il est muzz?...— Olivier Rimmel (@OlivierRimmel) October 15, 2016
The French TV and Radio regulatory authority, CSA received over 250 complaints, one even from France’s minister for women’s rights, and an enquiry has been ordered.
The minister for women’s rights, Laurence Rossignol, also took to Twitter to denounce the act. “Even in an entertainment program, when a woman says no it means no,” she wrote, adding that she too had filed a complaint.
After the backlash, Maire said he was extremely hurt by the media storm and apologised for the incident.