Bourdin accused of sexual assault: Pécresse embarrassed, the case is gaining momentum

Bourdin accused of sexual assault Pecresse embarrassed the case is

JEAN-JACQUES BOURDIN. An investigation was opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office after a complaint against Jean-Jacques Bourdin. He is charged with attempted sexual assault.

[Mis à jour le 18 janvier 2022 à 21h26] Valérie Pécresse inaugurated the political program of BFMTV, France in the eyes, this January 18. The show began with an introductory speech by the Republican candidate about the sexual assault investigation which concerns Jean-Jacques Bourdin, the show’s host. “I clearly asked myself the question of my participation in this program this evening following the opening of an investigation, by the courts, following a complaint filed against Mr. Bourdin”, she said. indicated, then mentioning having come out of respect for the French. She reaffirmed her commitment to the fight against sexual harassment and violence against women. “The law of silence is over” before concluding that “President, (she) will not let any woman be afraid to file a complaint.” For his part, Jean-Jacques Bourdin did not wish to comment on the investigation of which he is the subject.

The Jean-Jacques Bourdin affair is gaining momentum. Le Parisien revealed on Saturday that the RMC-BFM TV journalist was the subject of a complaint for attempted sexual assault. While an investigation was opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office on Tuesday, Bourdin hosts the political program La France dans les yeux on BFM TV. His guest this January 18 is Valérie Pécresse. “In the name of the presumption of innocence, BFM has decided to maintain the program and its interviewer”, declared a close friend of Valérie Pécresse with the Figaro.

The presidential candidate would however find herself in a delicate position following the affair which targets Jean-Jacques Bourdin, according to Le Point, since her presence may suggest that she would endorse the actions of which the journalist is accused, and that he strongly denied. According to Le Figaro, Valérie Pécresse conditioned her coming to the show to an introductory speech about the Bourdin affair, which the channel accepted.

Jean-Jacques Bourdin is accused of attempted sexual assault by a former colleague from BFM TV and RMC. According to The Parisian, the complainant claims that the 72-year-old journalist “grabbed her by the neck and tried to kiss her several times” while she was in a swimming pool during a trip to Corsica in 2013. At the time of the events, she was 25 years old. The BFM journalist and RMC would then have sent her for several months insistent emails and SMS, which the complainant would have kept. The journalist filed a complaint against Bourdin. This Tuesday, January 18, 2022, the Paris prosecutor’s office announced that it was opening an investigation against the journalist and analyzing the file.

Jean-Jacques Bourdin has firmly denied the accusations made against him. However, he confirmed having bathed with the journalist who accuses him during this trip on the sidelines of the second Calvi Petanque Open in 2013, but denies having tried to kiss her. However, the facts of which Jean-Jacques Bourdin is accused are probably prescribed, since for this type of charge, on an adult, the prescription is six years. According toe Parisian, two other women could testify against the journalist in the coming days.

The Altice Media group, which owns RMC and BFM-TV, announced on January 16, 2022 that it had also opened an internal investigation “to ensure that no facts of this type have been brought to the attention of managers or colleagues. interested parties.” Marc-Olivier Fogiel, general manager of BFM TV, for his part affirmed that “at this stage, nothing leads us to change things on the air. We must not give in to any pressure. There is nothing that prevents him from doing his job.” According to information from Le Parisien, the opening of the investigation by the Paris prosecutor’s office will have no consequence on the maintenance of Jean-Jacques Bourdin on the air: “according to the channel, the opening of this investigation is a logical continuation”, explains the media.

Valérie Pécresse is invited in the show France in the eyes on BFM TV this Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 8:50 p.m. She answers questions from Jean-Jacques Bourdin, host of this new political meeting. According to information from Figaro, the candidate for the presidential election of 2022 conditioned her visit to an introductory remark concerning the accusations of sexual assault against Jean-Jacques Bourdin. The channel accepted this request.

Anne Nivat has been Jean-Jacques Bourdin’s companion for several years. She was questioned about the accusations against her husband in the program “L’Instant M” on France Inter on January 17, 2022: “How do you want me to react? Jean-Jacques and I, we talked a lot about all that .These are intimate discussions so I would not reveal their content to anyone publicly to fuel the media buzz.” The wife of the RMC-BFM TV journalist refused to answer any further questions about him.

Jean-Jacques Bourdin absent from the antenna of RMC, the reason

Jean-Jacques Bourdin hosts RMC’s political interview every morning. This Tuesday, January 18, he was however absent. And that has nothing to do with the accusations against the journalist: he had to prepare the political programme, France in the eyes, with Valérie Pécresse this Tuesday at 8:50 p.m. on BFM TV, which takes place in Corrèze. It is also for this reason that he is not providing the RMC political interview this Wednesday, January 19, 2022. He is replaced for the occasion by Appoline de Malherbe.

Born in 1949 in Colombes, near Paris, Jean-Jacques Bourdin is a TV presenter and a radio presenter. He made a habit of heckling his political guests somewhat in his morning broadcast on RMC and BFM TV. From the heart of the Cévennes, Jean-Jacques Bourdin had a happy encounter in 1976: that of Raymond Castans, then Secretary General of RTL programs. Aware of the talents of the young Jean-Jacques Bourdin in sports, he brought him into the radio station as a trainee. From a sports journalist, Jean-Jacques Bourdin became a reporter then a newspaper presenter. He thus climbed the ladder until obtaining the post of editor-in-chief in 1991. From 1996 to 2000, he hosted a program of a new kind, “Les auditioneurs ont la parole”.

Called in 2001 by Alain Weill, new president of RMC radio, Jean-Jacques Bourdin took over the morning show “Bourdin & Co” in 2004. Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., the host comments on political news and economical. He makes it a point of honor to engage listeners and titillate his guests with trick questions. This will be his trademark. From 2007 to 2020, his “Bourdin Direct” interview was broadcast simultaneously on BFM TV. In 2010, he tried his hand at a new program on scammers, “Abuse of trust” (TF1), but the success was not there. The same year, he received the Philippe Caloni prize for the best interviewer. Since the start of the 2020 school year, he has only presented the political interview at 8:35 a.m., on RMC and BFM TV.

On June 30, 2020, Jean-Jacques Bourdin announced that he will no longer present RMC’s morning show in response to a question from a listener. The news was later confirmed by press release by BFMTV, RMC and RMC Découverte. The approach of the presidential election and its desire to cover the event with political interviews justify this choice. Since the start of the 2020 school year, the journalist has only devoted himself to the political program “Bourdin Direct”, on BFM TV and RMC at 8:35 a.m., but also to the political program France in the eyes.

It was during the Bourdin Direct program that Jean-Jacques Bourdin met his future companion, Anne Nivat, a great written press reporter, with whom he had a son in 2006. Previously, Jean-Jacques Bourdin was married to Marie -Laure Bourdin, with whom he had two daughters.

Jean-Jacques Bourdin is controversial after being arrested for speeding

In its issue dated May 27, 2020, the daily La Montagne reports that Jean-Jacques Bourdin was arrested on Sunday May 24 by gendarmes from the Motorized Peloton of Saint-Flour after being flashed on the A75 motorway at a speed of 186 kph. The newspaper explains that “a speed of 176 km / h was finally retained. His vehicle was immobilized and he was sanctioned with an administrative retention of the driving license”. Still according to La Montagne, Jean-Jacques Bourdin would also have been fined €135 for not respecting the travel limit of 100 km around his home, a measure taken for deconfinement until June 2, 2020.

On the air of BFM TV and RMC in his program Bourdin Direct on May 28, 2020, the journalist wanted to explain himself on this subject. “Speeding yes, but travel ban no. I had two permits: one personal and one professional.” He did not wish to detail these authorizations: “my private life does not interest and should not interest absolutely anyone”. Jean-Jacques Bourdin also described the conditions in which he drove at this speed: “I was driving too fast and I am perfectly aware of it. I would still like to clarify, because everything and anything has been said about the social media as usual, that the highway was empty and there wasn’t a car. I was in a straight line and the weather was beautiful, I would like to clarify. So I was just risking for me, I was alone in the car.”