Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

A little bit of Africa in Paris

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Frenchman kidnapped in Algeria: 'IS'-linked jihadists claim abduction of 55-year-old tourist

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU budget deficits: Time to be more flexible?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Sir Graham Watson, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

Read more

#TECH 24

Anonymous ‘declare cyber war’ on IS militants

Read more

WEB NEWS

Cambodian garment workers demand minimum wage

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'France in the crosshairs'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Climate change: The heat is on

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Air France pilots reject CEO's offer to halt expansion of low-cost carrier

Read more

France

Former minister questioned for a second day over sex assault claims

Video by Luke SHRAGO

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-06-21

France's former junior minister Georges Tron, who was forced to resign this month over sexual assault allegations, will remain in custody for a second day of questioning on Tuesday. The standard procedure in France is only 24 hours.

AFP – Police on Monday arrested a former French minister over rape charges that drove him to resign last month, a source in the state prosecutors' office said.
              
Police held Georges Tron, formerly a junior civil service minister, for questioning over accusations that he sexually assaulted two women who worked in the town hall where he is mayor, the source told AFP.
              
A source close to the investigation said a third accuser also "recently brought charges" against Tron.
              
Tron denies all the accusations and has not yet been charged in the case, in which prosecutors are carrying out a preliminary investigation into accusations of sexual assault and rape.
              
The first two accusers alleged that Tron forced them to let him give them foot massages, which turned into forced sexual encounters.
              
"Mr Tron was placed in custody on Monday at 2:00 pm (1200 GMT)," said the source in the state prosecutor's office in Evry, south of the capital, who asked not to be named.
              
Tron's lawyer Olivier Schnerb told AFP: "He is currently being questioned."
              
A source close to the investigation told AFP that Tron would be questioned alongside all three accusers -- a judicial procedure whereby investigators allow both parties to challenge each other's claims.
              
The source said investigators also detained another employee from the town hall in Draveil, south of Paris, where Tron remains mayor.
              
Tron's resignation from the government on May 29 came amid a wave of soul-searching over sex and secrecy in public life after the French IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's arrest in New York on sex crime charges.
              
Strauss-Kahn resigned as head of the global lender after his arrest.
              
Tron alleged his political rivals were trying to gain momentum from the arrest of Strauss-Kahn.

 

Date created : 2011-06-20

  • FRANCE

    Junior minister resigns after claims of sexual harassment

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Former French government minister investigated over child abuse claims

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French politician quizzed over Moroccan orgy claims

    Read more

COMMENT(S)