French prosecutors are investigating rape allegations towards a member of the federal government who used to work as a gynaecologist.
Chrysoula Zacharopoulou was named secretary of state for growth final month and is now accused of performing gynaecological exams on two ladies with out their consent.
The primary rape grievance was submitted on 25 Could and the second on 16 June, stated the Paris prosecutor’s workplace.
She has not but commented publicly on the allegations.
Particulars of the claims are but to be disclosed, however French media stated Ms Zacharopoulou, 46, was accused of penetration with out consent.
Rape is outlined in French legislation as any act of penetration by violence, menace, coercion, or shock.
Newly appointed disabilities minister Damien Abad has additionally been accused of rape by two ladies. He denies the claims and has stated he has no intention of resigning.
Inside minister Gerald Darmanin was additionally accused of rape a number of years in the past. He denied the accusations, and prosecutors have requested for the case to be dropped.
The newest claims might be an unwelcome distraction for President Emmanuel Macron as he tries to take care of the bitter blow of his occasion dropping its parliamentary majority on the weekend.