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Anti-pedocriminality and -child abduction protest, Place Saint-Gervais, Paris, France (February 14, 2021)

Florence Gallez | Paris, France

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Human rights activists denounced pedocriminal networks in France and the government’s abductions of children from parents in a demonstration on Place Saint-Gervais in Paris February 14. The protest, led by renowned Muslim writer and geopolitologist Morad El Hattab and activist association RED Family, is a direct response to newly discovered cases of sexual and incestuous abuse of children that are currently shaking the media and legal stratosphere in France, and to the forcible removal of children from their families by social services.

Child abuse and incest scandals are currently shaking the foundations of elite institutions in the political, academic, and cultural spheres in France, especially since the publication last month of French lawyer Camille Kouchner’s book accusing her father-in-law, political scientist Olivier Duhamel, of incest with her teen brother. Since then, thousands of victims have come forward with their experiences. Recently arrested perpetrators include film director Dominique Boutonnat.

Minister of Justice Éric Dupond-Moretti presented February 10 the government's proposals to better protect minors from sexual violence and incest. New legislation regarding the age of consent is under examination.

Florence Gallez is an independent documentary photojournalist and black and white photographer from Brussels, Belgium, currently based in Paris. Gallez received a BA degree in English and Russian from the University of London in 1996, an MSc in journalism from Boston University in 1999, and a digital media focused MSc from MIT in 2012. She spent eight years as a Moscow-based journalist covering Russian politics, economics, society, and culture for The Moscow Times, the U.S. publisher Bureau of National Affairs (Bloomberg BNA), and most recently CNN’s Moscow Bureau. As a photographer of social documentaries, she seeks to bring more visibility to people who are in challenging situations and often not cared for by society, especially women and children. In Paris, she is also contributing local and international news and social documentaries to the French photo agency Wostok Press and Russian news agency Sputnik/Rossiya Segodnya.

Florence Gallez

Photojournalist

fgallez@alum.mit.edu

http://florencegallez.com

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