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France: investigation into rape at the Elysee Palace

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French prosecutors have launched an investigation into the rape allegedly taking place at the Elysée Palace, French media reports. The soldier was about to be sexually abused by another soldier in July after the farewell party of President Emmanuel Macron’s associate.

The BBC, citing local media, wrote that, according to the testimony of the soldier, she was supposed to be sexually abused in July after the farewell party of the senior officer, a member of President Macron’s personal military staff.

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The soldier accused by the woman was interrogated, but has not yet been formally charged. Both the alleged victim and the soldier were senior security officers and they both knew each other, according to Liberation, which first reported the case.

According to the BBC, the woman filed a complaint with the police station the day after she was about to be raped.

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Representative of the Chancellery of the President of France: action was taken immediately

A representative from the French President’s office told AFP that as soon as the authorities became aware of the reports, “steps were taken immediately” to support the alleged victim. The palace reported that the woman and the soldier had been transferred to perform other duties.

The BBC notes that in recent years French society has been rocked by a number of sexual scandals.

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