Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has published a book called “Blondinens betragtninger” (Ideas of Blondes – editor), which appeared in bookstores in October. Helle Thorning-Schmidt remembers the time she headed the Danish government from 2011 to 2015. She was the first woman in Denmark to hold this position.
One of the topics she touches on in her autobiography, she writes, is “the inappropriate behavior of men toward women.”
Denmark. The former prime minister talks about harassment. “It’s time to talk about it publicly.”
– Now is the time to talk about it publicly. I wanted to show how huge the size of women who have bad experiences are – as he said in an interview with the Danish portal “the local”.
In Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s book, he describes the situation that happened at the French embassy in Copenhagen in 2002 or 2003. At that time, she was responsible for the European Convention on Human Rights in Brussels and attended a dinner in honor of the former French president who was visiting Denmark. According to her version, Giscard d’Estaing allegedly molested her.
He wrote in his book: “He was sitting next to me, grabbed my thigh from under the table … I changed.” As she emphasized, this situation would be classified as sexual harassment today, but that was not the case at the time.
– Those were different times, but even then I thought it was a mistake and the whole situation was angry – she said in an interview with “the local”.
Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, a controversial figure in French politics
Giscard d’Estaing was president of France from 1974 to 1981. He passed away last December at the age of 94 due to Covid-19. During his reign, he allowed, among other things, consensual divorce and legalized abortion.
The politician had previously been accused of harassing, among other things, the German journalist Anne-Catherine Strack. The woman said publicly that he touched her inappropriately three times during the interview.
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