Sexism in French politics: New scandals, and no end in sight
French housing minister Emmanuelle Cosse, and wife of lawmaker Denis Baupin arrives for a brief emergency cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The Paris prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault and malicious calls against a French lawmaker.The office said Tuesday in a written statement that investigators will take evidence from four women who a day earlier publicly denounced 53-year-old Denis Baupin. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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PARIS: Two French government ministers and a top legislator stand accused of sexually harassing or abusing women — allegedly grabbing breasts, tweaking thong underwear or other inappropriate behavior in the workplace.

Feminist groups are holding a protest Wednesday to demand an end to widespread sexism in French politics, angry that little has changed five years after Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s sex scandals caused uproar.

Paris prosecutors are investigating allegations of breast-grabbing and other behavior by Denis Baupin, who resigned as vice president of the lower house of parliament this week. He denies misconduct.

A recent Buzzfeed report exposed long-buried accusations that Territories Minister Jean-Michel Baylet repeatedly hit a female aide.

Finance Minister Michel Sapin was accused in a book of touching a journalist’s underwear in 2015. Sapin reportedly has acknowledged an inappropriate gesture.

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