France: investigation opened for rape targeting a secretary of state

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou is a French gynecologist and politician who has served as Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Associations in the government of Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne since May 20, 2022.

She is a member of La République En Marche! (LREM), she previously was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from 2019 to 2022.

An LREM MEP since 2019, Zacharopoulou, 46, was appointed Secretary of State last month.

Last year, the previous government entrusted her with a mission on the theme of endometriosis, a subject on which she has been committed for years.

The report was submitted in January to the Elysée.

An investigation has been opened after the filing of two complaints of rape against the French Secretary of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, it was learned Wednesday from the Paris prosecutor’s office, confirming information from Marianne.

The first complaint of rape was filed on May 25 and the investigation opened two days later, the prosecutor’s office said.

The source added that a second complaint was filed on June 16.

According to the weekly, the alleged acts were committed in the context of his profession as a gynaecologist.

Concerning the second plain, the imputed facts would have taken place “in a medical framework” in 2016 and would concern an adult woman, writes Marianne, citing a source close to the file.