Attacks as a gynecologist ?: Investigation against the French Secretary of State

Assault as a gynecologist?
Investigation by the French Secretary of State

The French prosecutor’s office is investigating allegations of rape by a member of Macron’s government. Chrysoula Zacharopoulou has already been charged twice. The allegations date back to a time when a 46-year-old man was still practicing as a gynecologist.

The French prosecutor’s office is investigating a member of the government on rape charges. State Secretary for Development, Francophonie and International Partnership Chrysoula Zacharopoulou has been charged with two cases of rape, the prosecutor said. According to the French magazine “Marianne”, the accusations of the 46-year-old woman come from when she was a gynecologist.

According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, one complaint was filed on 25 May, the other followed on 16 June. In both cases, the seizures are said to have occurred during treatment. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to which the Secretary of State reports, has not yet responded to AFP’s request for a statement.

Zacharopoulou has only been a member of the French government since May, before which she was a Member of the European Parliament for three years. During this time, she became involved in the Women’s Rights Committee, among other things. Born in Greece, she became famous for her commitment to the global Covax coronavirus vaccination initiative and her awareness campaign on endometriosis, one of the most common abdominal diseases in women.

This is not the first charge of rape against Macron officials. The prosecutor’s office was investigating Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin on allegations of rape in 2017. In the meantime, however, the prosecutor’s office has asked to stop the investigation. Allegations of rape against Solidarity Minister Damien Abad also appeared last month, but prosecutors said they were not investigating. Both ministers deny any guilt.

Recent allegations have put further pressure on Macron. His election alliance lost an absolute majority in parliamentary elections last Sunday and has been struggling to find partners ever since.

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