The investigation for rapes targeting Chrysoula Zacharopoulou dismissed

Case closed

The investigation for rapes targeting Chrysoula Zacharopoulou dismissed

Case closed. The investigation which had been opened in May 2022 after the filing of two complaints of rape against Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, the Secretary of State for Development, was dismissed at the end of March for insufficiently characterized offense, indicated the Paris prosecutor's office, confirming information from BFMTV. Asked by Agence France-Presse (AFP), Chrysoula Zacharopoulou's lawyer, Me Antonin Lévy, did not wish to comment.

Targeted by two complaints for rape, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou was reproached by patients for the gestures that she would have imposed on them when she practiced as a gynecologist. A third complaint was then filed in June 2022 for violence without incapacity for work by a person responsible for a public service mission. After the announcement of the opening of an investigation against her, the secretary of state dismissed the charges, deeming them "unacceptable and outrageous".

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou entered the government at the end of May 2022 as Secretary of State for Development, La Francophonie and International Partnerships, to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, in the government of Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne . She was confirmed in her role in July during the reshuffle.

Elected in 2019 on the Renaissance list in the European Parliament, where she notably sat on the Women's Rights Committee, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou is a doctor who has long been involved in the issue of endometriosis. She had submitted a report on the subject to the French government in 2021.

The latter, for his part, was indicted in November for willful violence by a person in charge of a public service mission against 32 plaintiffs who accuse him of having carried out vaginal and rectal examinations in a brutal manner and without ask for consent.