Asked about the minister in a television interview on Tuesday, Macron said the two men had met to discuss the allegation. French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and his new interior minister, Gerald Darmanin (R). REUTERS/Ludovic Marin and Gonzalo Fuentes/Files PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday defended his new interior minister, Gerald Darmanin ? who is accused of rape ? by saying he should not be made a ?victim of a judgment on the streets? after protests erupted against his appointment.