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Former French minister Georges Tron charged with rape

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A former French minister, Georges Tron, has been charged with rape and sexual assault after two days of questioning by prosecutors.

Georges Tron has denied having “any relations of a sexual nature with the victims.

Mr Tron is facing accusations that he sexually assaulted women working for him at the town hall in Draveil, south of Paris, where he is mayor.

Two women have filed complaints against Mr Tron, while a third has appeared as a witness but not filed a complaint.

The 53-year-old, who denies the accusations, was released on bail.

His assistant for culture at the mayor’s office, Brigitte Gruel, was also charged with rape and sexual assault and given a conditional release.

Prosecutor Marie-Suzanne Le Queau told the AFP news agency that Mr Tron had denied having “any relations of a sexual nature with the victims, even relations that would have been consensual”.

She said, however, that statements from the two plaintiffs were “coherent” and “corroborated on some points by outside elements”.

The women have alleged that Mr Tron forced them to let him give them foot massages, which became forced sexual encounters.

Mr Tron resigned as junior civil service minister at the end of last month over the allegations. He remains mayor of Draveil.