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French Interior Minister Wins Dismissal of Rape Accusations

Gerald Darmanin

Gerald Darmanin

Photographer: Nathan Laine/Bloomberg

A rape investigation targeting French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has been dropped without any charges, days after the 39-year-old was confirmed in his role following a cabinet shuffle.

Paris prosecutors confirmed an earlier report by BFM TV saying that the decision was issued by an investigative magistrate on Friday. Darmanin has consistently denied the accusations and said an encounter with the female plaintiff was consensual.