The alleged victims of a female French minister who has been accused of conducting invasive gynaecological checks have described their ordeals.
Secretary of State for Development Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, 46, is the subject of two complaints from patients, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who have accused the minister of carrying out rectal and vaginal examinations without consent.
One patient, who spoke anonymously to French television channel TF1, described a vaginal examination carried out by Zacharopoulou without consent as ‘brutal’ and ‘violent’.
She claimed Zacharopoulou started the exam ‘without a word, without asking for my consent at all’ and told her ‘There’s no point crying’ when she objected.
The second victim, speaking anonymously, told French media they felt they ‘could no longer breathe’ when Zacharopoulou allegedly carried out a rectal examination without asking for consent.