PARIS: A French senator has been placed under formal investigation over suspicions that he drugged a member of parliament with the intention to sexually abuse her, the senator’s lawyer and the Paris prosecutor’s office said.
Conservative senator Joel Guerriau, 66, is under investigation for administering to a member of parliament Sandrine Josso, 48, “a substance liable to alter her discernment or control over her actions, in order to commit rape or sexual aggression, as well as for possession and use of substances classified as drugs,” Guerriau’s lawyer Remi-Pierre Drai told Reuters late yesterday.
Josso’s lawyer Julia Minkowski has told French media that the MP for the ruling coalition party Modem had felt ill after drinking a glass of champagne at Guerriau’s flat this week and had seen him handling a small plastic bag with a white substance, leading her to believe her drink had been spiked.
It was not clear why Josso was in the senator’s flat at the time of the alleged incident.
Josso or her lawyer could not be immediately reached for comment.
The Paris prosecutor confirmed late yesterday that an investigation has been opened, adding that Guerriau had been placed under judicial control and is not allowed to contact Josso or witnesses.
A spokesman for the senator’s conservative Horizons party, which is also part of France’s president Emmanuel Macron’s ruling coalition, told radio station Franceinfo today that Guerriau had been suspended with immediate effect.