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you should be able to remove the panel from the tailgate from inside the espace
from what i remember is that there are 4 pozi screws- (one in each corner) and if you have the rear blinds just behind those are plastic gromets which you pull out and stick an 8mm socket on an extension bar and feel for a nut. once found undo them- theres one behind each blind.
once you have 4 screws and two bolts out you can pull the panel off as it is only secured by plastic body pins. once of you should see your handle mech in the bottom centre with a steel rod going to the left latch and one to the right. with a friend pulling the handle make sure both bars move- if not try to pull/push on the bars from the inside.
having said all that , have you tried to push on the offending side whilst operating the handle to see if the catch has been set too tight.
Currently in cmoosecan's garage:
1997 espace 2.2 d