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.