Solidarity Minister Damien Abad, targeted by rape charges, tops the first round in the 5th constituency of Ain, where he will be opposed on June 19 to the candidate Nupes Florence Pisani. Sunday June 12, at the end of the first round, the former leader of the deputies Les Républicains obtains 33.38% of the votes, against 23.54% for the economist of LFI, and is in a good position to keep his place. within the government by obtaining a third term in Haut-Bugey.

In 2017, Damien Abad won hands down under the LR label. Shortly after his appointment to the government, the former LR executive, the main war prize of post-presidential Macronie, was accused in Mediapart by two women of sexual assault and rape in 2010 and 2011. Since then, in particular for lack of investigation opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office, the government maintained its support for him and the minister was more discreet in the media.

In this constituency where Marine Le Pen came first in the first round of the presidential election with 25.4% of the vote, the RN candidate Joëlle Nambotin (19.72%) and the LR Julien Martinez (9.93%), appointed after the entry of Damien Abad into the government, failed to qualify for the second round.