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'Omerta' broken, French MP faces sexual harassment probe

Denis Baupin has resigned his post as one of the French parliament's six deputy speakers, saying he wants to focus on fighting the sexual harassment allegationsFrench judges opened an investigation on Tuesday into multiple claims of sexual harassment against former deputy parliamentary speaker Denis Baupin, as experts welcomed an end to the “omerta” around such alleged abuse by politicians. Baupin’s wife, Housing Minister Emmanuelle Cosse, said she was shocked by the allegations made Monday by eight women, including four members of ecologist EELV party, of which she and her husband are members. “We are talking about acts of extreme seriousness and if they are proven, it must be dealt with by the courts,” she told France Info radio.

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