French government rallies behind budget minister accused of rape

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French government colleagues of the budget and public accounts minister, Gérald Darmanin, have defended his right to remain in his post while awaiting the findings of an investigation into a complaint launched against him for his alleged rape in 2009 of a woman who had asked him for help in a legal case concerning her, an accusation he has denied.

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe's office said in a statement Monday that he continues to have confidence in Gérald Darmanin, who has been accused of rape, reports CBC.