FILE PHOTO: Marlene Schiappa, French Junior Minister for Gender Equality, speaks through the inquiries to the federal government session on the Nationwide Meeting in Paris, France, November 27, 2018. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
PARIS (Reuters) – Marlene Schiappa, France’s gender equality minister, known as on Monday for an investigation into the actions in France of Jeffrey Epstein, the U.S. financier discovered lifeless in an obvious suicide whereas being held on sex-trafficking expenses.
“The American investigation has highlighted ties with France. It subsequently appears elementary to us, and for the victims, that an investigation ought to be opened in France so that every one the sunshine is shed on this matter,” Schiappa stated in a press release.
Epstein was arrested on July 6 in New Jersey after his non-public jet landed on a flight from Paris. The New York Instances reported that he owned property within the French capital.
Epstein, a well-connected cash supervisor dogged for years by allegations that he sexually abused women and younger girls, was discovered hanging by his neck, in accordance with a supply who was not approved to talk publicly.
“We want to use this event to spotlight once more our utmost willpower to guard younger women from sexual violence and particularly from being exploited by prison networks, and this could end in new measures being introduced through the remaining quarter of this 12 months,” added Schiappa.
Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Modifying by Richard Lough