Rebound in the Damien Abad affair. After the complaint of a young woman against the Minister of Solidarity, accused of attempted rape, the Paris prosecutor’s office indicated that it had opened an investigation. The complaint was filed on Monday by a woman who accuses him of having tried to rape her during a party organized at his home in Paris in the first half of 2010. This woman’s testimony was published by Mediapart in mid-June under the assumed name of “Laëtitia”.

According to the investigative site, she is an “elected centrist” who was, at the time of the events she denounces, president of a federation of the New Center youth movement, including Damien Abad, then MEP , was the national president. “He doesn’t see who it is,” his lawyer Me Benoît Chabert told BFMTV on Tuesday.

“The facts that are stated in a news article are false and he strongly disputes them,” he said, saying his client was “totally innocent.” Solicited Wednesday by AFP, Me Chabert did not wish to speak. On Monday, the minister again challenged the charges and announced that he was filing a complaint for slanderous denunciation.