French government rallies behind budget minister accused of rape


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.

Reading articles is for subscribers only. Subscribe now.

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.