Miscellaneous facts/politics. Secretary of State Chrysoula Zacharopoulou under investigation for rape

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Secretary of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, is the subject of two rape complaints.

An investigation has been opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office.

Two complaints filed

The weekly Mariannewhich revealed the information, indicates that “the alleged acts were allegedly committed in the context of his profession as a gynecologist”.

France info indicates that the Secretary of State notably exercised her functions as a doctor at the Trousseau hospital and at the Tenon hospital, in Paris, under the direction of Professor Emile Daraï, himself the subject of a judicial investigation, accused of rape and gynecological violence by 25 patients.

The first complaint denouncing acts of rape was filed on May 25 and the investigation opened two days later, said the prosecution. Regarding the second complaint, the alleged facts would have taken place “in a medical setting” in 2016 and would concern an adult woman, writes Marianneciting a source familiar with the matter.

Another incriminating testimony

A third woman, Jade (first name changed), now 26 years old and living in the Paris region, told AFP on Wednesday that she consulted Chrysoula Zacharopoulou for endometriosis problems, including this 46-year-old Franco-Greek gynecologist. made his specialty.

The appointment, made with Chrysoula Zacharopoulou for her fame and because she was a woman, took place at the end of 2016 in the presence of a male medical trainee. According to Jade’s account, the gynecologist “forced her intern to examine me”.

“She felt that I was not at all comfortable, he was not at all comfortable either, my body was closed, blocked, he felt it,” described Jade. “Then it was her turn. She said to me, using familiar terms: ”You’re going to have to open. Me, I’m not him. She was trying, trying, she wasn’t happy at all, and I was very nervous, tense and stuck,” she said.

The young woman said she did not remember if the gynecologist had obtained her consent before examining her, as a growing number of practitioners do today.

“I thought no one would believe me”

Jade, who says she experienced this event “at least as a sexual assault”, has not filed a complaint at this stage. “I thought no one would believe me, but today is different,” she said, adding that she’s “reluctant” to do so.

Born in Sparta, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou studied in Italy before practicing in France, at the Bégin military hospital in Saint-Mandé (Val-de-Marne) then at the Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), notably in Tenon. in the service of Professor Emile Daraï, under investigation for accusations of rape.

Asked by AFP, the AP-HP replied that it had “never heard of a complaint or report concerning Dr Chrysoula Zacharopoulou”. “The CHU set up a commission of inquiry at the end of September 2021 following the accusations concerning Professor Émile Daraï” and “particular attention was paid to the reporting and processing of patient complaints”, specified the AP-HP.

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, endometriosis specialist and MEP

Elected in 2019 on the Renaissance list in the European Parliament, where she notably sat on the Committee on Women’s Rights, this specialist in endometriosis had submitted a report on the subject to the French government last year.

She had organized in March 2014 in Paris the first march against endometriosis.

Chrysoula Zacharopoulou entered the government at the end of May as Secretary of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs.

The Quai d’Orsay did not immediately respond to requests from AFP.

Several ministers under accusation

Several ministers currently in office are accused of sexual violence, including Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, the subject of a rape complaint, initially dismissed and then relaunched and for which the prosecution requested a dismissal in early 2022. .

More recently, the Minister of Solidarity Damien Abad was accused of rape. The Paris prosecutor’s office has indicated that it is not opening a preliminary investigation “as is”.

These accusations have sparked criticism and mobilization, particularly within feminist movements.