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French prosecutors have dropped a rape investigation against Budget Minister Gérald Darmanin. But he is still under investigation over charges by another woman that he usedd his position to demand sexual favours.

Prosecutors announced on Friday that they have stopped their inquiries into an accusation that the 35-year-old rising political star raped Sophie Spatz, now 46, when she sought his help in having her criminal record expunged in 2009.

They say a preliminary probe failed to establish “the absence of consent on the part of the complainant” or that she was acting “under constraint, threat, surprise or any sort of violence towards her”.

Darmanin had denied pressuring the former call girl into sex in return for a promise to help her clear her name.

Welcoming Friday’s decision, Darmanin thanked those who had supported him “in this difficult time”.

 “Since the start of this slander I have kept my trust in the justice system,” he said.

But he is still under investigation over allegations by another woman that he used his position as mayor of the northern town of Tourcoing to ask for sexual favours.

The woman said he “made advances” when she asked for help in getting social housing. Read More …

 

Darmanin had denied pressuring the former call girl into sex in return for a promise to help her clear her name. Welcoming Friday’s decision, Darmanin thanked those who had supported him “in this difficult time”.  “Since the start of this slander I have kept my trust in the justice system,” he said. But he is still under investigation over allegations by another woman that he used his position as mayor of the northern town of Tourcoing to ask for sexual favours. The woman said he “made advances” when she asked for help in getting social housing. The woman said he “made advances” when she asked for help in getting social housing.