Two rape complaints filed against Secretary of State for Francophonie Chrysoula Zacharopoulou

Two patients accuse this member of the government, unknown to the general public but a recognized specialist gynecologist of endometriosis.


If she has not, for the moment, led to the slightest legal proceedings, the case falls badly for the government, already undermined by the accusations of rape targeting the new Minister of Solidarity, autonomy and Disabled people, Damien Abad. According to the weekly Marianne , two rape complaints were filed this time against Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, 46, named Secretary of State for Development, La Francophonie and international partnerships by Emmanuel Macron.

The first dates back to May 25, five days after the appointment of M me zacharopoulou to the government – the investigation was entrusted to the delinquency repression brigade to the people of the prefecture of the prefecture of the prefecture of police. The Paris prosecutor’s office was recipient of a second complaint three weeks later, on June 16, for facts that took place in a strictly medical and professional framework. These procedures, informs the Paris prosecutor’s office, will “aim to determine whether the facts are likely to fall under criminal qualification”.

M me zacharopoulou, who worked at Tenon hospital in the service of Professor Emile Daraï, himself questioned in a series of 25 complaints of patients, in the fall of 2021 , is considered an eminent specialist in endometriosis, a disease that affects 10 % of women of childbearing age in France. A practitioner “who fought for the suffering of women with endometriosis is better treated and becomes a health priority,” reacted, on his Twitter account, Martin Hirsch, Director General – On the Departure – of Public Assistance -Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), specifying “that there has never been the slightest complaint or complaint dressed in the AP-HP” about the professional conduct of M me Zacharopoulou.

accused of “contempt” and “humiliating or hurtful words”

While allegations of violence aimed at gynecologists are increasing – aroused the concern of the profession -, Sonia Bisch, of the Stop Vog association (for “gynecological and obstetric violence”), says he has collected three testimonies of women Questioning M me zacharopoulou, “not for physical gestures but because of his attitude of contempt and humiliating or hurtful words made during consultations”. These three declarations, anonymous, concern facts which would have occurred in 2013, 2016 and 2020, but they were only sent to the association in early 2022. M me bisch sees a consequence of the ‘Emotion aroused by the indictment of Professor Daraï for “violence by person responsible for a public service mission”, December 9, 2021.

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