Newly appointed French minister denies rape accusations


FILE PHOTO: Member of Parliament Damien Abad listens to French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe delivering a speech to present the French government's plan to unwind the country's coronavirus lockdown imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the National Assembly in Paris France, April 28, 2020. David Niviere/Pool via REUTERS

PARIS (Reuters) - Damien Abad, France's newly appointed minister for Solidarity and the Disabled, on Sunday strongly denied he had raped two women, following accusations published by the Mediapart website in an article based on interviews with the women.

The women quoted by the Mediapart story on Saturday said Abad had forced them to have unwanted sexual relationships with him. The actions happened in late 2010 and early 2011, they said.

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