The writer Florence Porcel files a rape complaint against Patrick Poivre d’Arvor


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L‘writer and journalist Florence Porcel has filed a complaint with civil action for rape against Patrick Poivre d’Arvor to obtain the appointment of an examining magistrate, AFP learned from the Nanterre public prosecutor’s office, confirming information from France info.

Ms. Porcel accuses the former star presenter of TF1’s newscast of having forced her to have sex in 2004 and fellatio in 2009. Her first complaint against PPDA, which denied these accusations, was dismissed at the end of June by the Nanterre prosecutor’s office for “insufficient evidence”. His new complaint allows the quasi-automatic appointment of an examining magistrate, subject to the payment of a deposit, a sum intended to cover the fine in the event of abusive denunciation.

23 women interviewed

The PPDA case erupted in February, with the filing of a complaint by Florence Porcel. A four-month preliminary investigation was then carried out by the Nanterre prosecutor’s office.

In total, twenty-three women had testified and nine had chosen to file a complaint for rape, sexual assault or sexual harassment. Most of the charges were time-barred, which had resulted in the investigation being dismissed without further action.

The facts put forward by Florence Porcel are not prescribed but had been classified for “insufficient evidence”.

The PPDA affair has deeply shaken the media world. Women who present themselves as victims of the journalist have notably launched an association, #MeTooMedias, to break the omerta in the French media.


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