France: PPDA cases: the Court of Appeal extends the proceedings to the facts a priori prescribed

PostedJune 29, 2022, 2:38 PM

In its instruction against the former TF1 presenter, French justice will include the alleged sexual assaults of 2004 and 2009 denounced by Florence Porcel.

The facts of 2004 targeting PPDA had been dismissed, for prescription, during a preliminary investigation in 2021.


The investigating chamber of the Versailles Court of Appeal extended, on Tuesday, the prosecution of the judicial investigation targeting Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, to facts appearing to be prescribed denounced by the writer Florence Porcelsaid a source familiar with the matter to AFP on Wednesday.

Forced sex and fellatio

Florence Porcel, 38, accuses the former star presenter of having her forced sex in 2004 and a blowjob in 2009, which he disputes. The facts of 2004, closed without further action for prescription during a preliminary investigation in 2021, were not included until now in the judicial information currently being carried out by an examining magistrate in Nanterre. By reversing the order of this judge on Tuesday, the court of appeal “allows the instruction to continue on all the facts” and to decide, in a second time, on their prescription or not, underlined the close source folder.

The defense of Patrick Poivre d’Arvor “waits to have more precise elements before reacting and commenting, if necessary, on a court decision which would be freed from the rules of limitation”, declared to AFP, Jacqueline Laffont , who confirms that his client has not been heard, to date, by the investigating judge. Florence Porcel’s lawyers did not respond to requests from AFP.

The PPDA case had erupted in February 2021 when the writer Florence Porcel had filed a complaint for rape. A preliminary investigation was then conducted for four months by the Nanterre prosecutor’s office, during which 23 women testified. The majority of the facts denounced being prescribed, the investigation had been closed without further action in June.

“Refusal to inform”

Other testimonies against the former journalist had appeared in the press. Patrick Poivre d’Arvor denied all charges brought against him, and filed a complaint in April, with civil action, against 16 of his accusers whom he accuses of slanderous denunciation. For the facts denounced by Florence Porcel, the classification without follow-up by the parquet floor of Nanterre was motivated by the “prescription” of the facts of 2004, but also by the “insufficiency of evidence” for those of 2009. At the end of November, Florence Porcel s was made a civil party, in order to cause the referral to a judge to investigate again.

This judicial investigation had been opened in December for the facts of 2009 only, which was contested by the defense of Ms. Porcel, before the investigating chamber, for “refusal to inform”. The judicial information must now cover “all the facts”, including those of 2004, according to the close source. Patrick Poivre d’Arvor is also the target of another ongoing investigation, this one led by magistrates from the Nanterre prosecutor’s office, following three complaints of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault. Facts appearing prescribed.