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Two complaints of rape have been filed against the Secretary of State for Development, La Francophonie and International Partnerships, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou. The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed on Wednesday that it had opened an investigation.
New charges of sexual assault against a member of the government, targeting a woman for the first time. After the recent accusations of rape against the Minister of Solidarity, Damien Abad, it is the Secretary of State, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, who is implicated for acts of rape which would have been committed during her activity as a gynecologist.
The Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed on Wednesday June 22 that it had opened an investigation after two complaints filed on May 25 and June 16, 2022.
Regarding the second complaint, the alleged facts would have taken place “in a medical setting” in 2016, they would concern an adult woman, writes the French weekly Marianne, citing a source familiar with the matter.
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The investigation was entrusted to the Brigade for the repression of delinquency against the person (BRDP).
LREM MEP since 2019, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, 46, was appointed Secretary of State in the government of Élisbeth Borne last month.
The previous government had entrusted her with a mission last year on the subject of endometriosis, a subject on which she has been committed for years. Its report was submitted in January to the Élysée.
Several ministers are accused of sexual violence, like the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, targeted by a rape complaint, initially dismissed, then relaunched and for which the prosecution requested a dismissal. early 2022.
More recently, the Minister of Solidarity Damien Abad was accused of rape. The Paris prosecutor’s office has indicated that it is not opening a preliminary investigation “as is”.