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Former French minister jailed for rape

Paris: A former French secretary of state has been jailed for raping and sexually assaulting an employee as a wave of sexual abuse scandals rocks the country.

Two former employees of Georges Tron, mayor of the small Paris suburb of Draveil and a former secretary of public affairs, accused him of multiple assaults and rapes, perpetrated with the help of his deputy at the time. He has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Brigitte Gruel, his deputy, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence.

Georges Tron in 2010.

Georges Tron in 2010.Credit:AP

The verdict was delivered following a 10-year fight for justice as a wave of sexual abuse scandals shocked France, with investigations into a number of politicians including the minister for the interior.

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