The investigation concerning Christophe Girard, the former deputy mayor of Paris, launched after accusations of rape revealed by the New York Times (paid article), was closed, according to franceinfo information on Wednesday, November 25. Solicited by franceinfo, the Paris prosecutor's office confirmed that this classification without follow-up was due to the prescription of the alleged facts.
The Paris prosecutor's office opened an investigation in mid-August for "rape by a person in authority". Christophe Girard was accused of having abused a young Tunisian who was 16 years old at the time of the alleged facts 30 years ago. The alleged victim had testified on August 18 in the New York Times, saying that he had been in an abusive relationship for nearly 10 years.
Prescribed facts, fragile testimony
The investigators conducted hearings, Christophe Girard himself was heard on November 5 by the brigade for the protection of minors, as part of a free hearing. The facts were quickly considered to be prescribed and the victim's testimony seemed fragile, according to the first elements of the investigation that Franceinfo then gathered.
Before this affair, Christophe Girard had been pushed to resign from his post of deputy mayor on July 23. Environmental activists and feminists criticized the elected official for a link, a proximity, with the writer Gabriel Matzneff, targeted for an investigation for "rape of a minor". He had denounced "serious" and "baseless" allegations. Christophe Girard had withdrawn from the majority in the Council of Paris last August because of this affair but remained elected to the Council of Paris and to the municipal council of the 18th arrondissement.