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Macron’s Government Hit by Sexual Assault Allegations Again

Damien Abad
Damien AbadPhotographer: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

French prosecutors opened a formal investigation into Solidarity Minister Damien Abad after accusations of attempted rape were made against him, marking the third time such a case has been brought against a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s cabinet.

The probe was initiated on Tuesday after an unidentified woman filed a lawsuit a day earlier, claiming Abad had tried to rape her in 2010, a representative at the Paris prosecutor’s office said in a text message. Abad denies the allegations.