France Drops Rape Inquiry of Gérald
French prosecutors have dropped an investigation into rape claims against Budget Minister Gérald Darmanin.
A former call girl said he had coerced her into sex in 2009, but the prosecutors said they had been unable to establish an “absence of consent”.
Mr Darmanin, 35, described the allegations as “slander”.
However, he remains under investigation into separate claims that he used former position as mayor to ask for sexual favours from a woman.
His first accuser, named as Sophie Spatz, told police that she felt pressured into sex by Mr Darmanin after asking for his help to lift a suspended sentence for blackmail.
The unnamed woman said he asked her for sexual favours between 2014 and 2017 in exchange for social housing.
Mr Darmanin has denied all the allegations against him.