France’s interior minister Gérald Darmanin has defended topless sunbathing after police asked women to cover up on a beach in France.

Last week, a group of women in Sainte-Marie-La-Mer was asked by police to cover up following a complaint from a family.

According to a Facebook press release from Gendarmerie des Pyrénées-Orientales, three women were asked by two police officers to cover their chests after a family with children shared their concerns.

The press release added that there is no ban of topless sunbathing in Sainte-Marie-la-Mer.

The incident has attracted a lot of criticism from social media users, while French interior minister Gérald Darmanin has also defended the women.

So, who is the French interior minister? Let’s find more about him.

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Who is Gérald Darmanin?

Gérald serves as the French interior minister in the government of Prime Minister Jean Castex.

He was born to father Gérard Darmanin and mother, Annie Ouakid, and his family comes from Algerian and Maltese background.

Gérald graduated from Sciences-Po Lille.

In May 2017, he was appointed as Minister of Public Action and Accounts in the First Philippe government.

He has served as mayor of Tourcoing since 2014 and has been re-elected in the 2020 municipal elections. But according to Closer, he will resign from this role on August 29th.

Gérald Darmanin soon to be married

The French interior minister is soon to get married to his partner Rose-Marie Devillers.

Closer has reported that Gérald and Rose-Marie will tie the knot on August 29th, the same day when he will resign as a mayor of Tourcoing.

Rose-Marie is 33 years old and according to her LinkedIn profile, she attended the University of Lille II from 2005 to 2010 where she studied corporate and contract law.

She then studied law and international management at ESCP Business School.

In 2017, she joined Paris Havas, one of the largest communication agencies in France. She initially landed a role as a senior consultant but she now serves as a consulting director for the company.

Gérald Darmanin defends topless sunbathing

The French interior minister has taken to his Twitter profile to defend the women who were asked to cover themselves.

“It was wrong that the women were warned about their clothing,” he tweeted. “Freedom is something precious. And it is normal that officials can admit their mistakes.”

Meanwhile, French police spokeswoman Maddy Scheurer said that the police officers had “the best intentions”, however, accepted their “clumsiness” in handling the situation.

Maddy tweeted:

“You will always see me in uniform. But topless sunbathing is allowed on the beach at Sainte-Marie-la-Mer. It was clumsiness by two gendarmes who had the best intentions.”

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