Elite French cops accused of raping tourist

File photo along the Seine river in Paris, shows the 36 Quai des Orfevres where the Paris criminal investigation department headquarters are located. Photo / AFP
File photo along the Seine river in Paris, shows the 36 Quai des Orfevres where the Paris criminal investigation department headquarters are located. Photo / AFP

Two elite French police officers have been charged with raping a Canadian tourist in their Paris headquarters in a case that has sent shock waves across France.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement today the pair would "face the full consequences" if found guilty.

Four policemen were taken into custody after the 34-year-old woman filed a complaint saying she had been raped in the police headquarters overnight on Tuesday.

Two of the members of the elite BRI unit that fights gang crime were charged, a source close to the investigation said after the other two were released on Saturday.

The interior ministry said on Sunday three of the men had been suspended, including one who was released but not charged.

According to judicial officials, the woman met the officers during a night of heavy drinking at an Irish pub frequented by many police from the headquarters, which is widely known by its address: 36, Quai des Orfevres.

They said she agreed to follow them to their workplace, which lies just across the Seine from the pub in the popular tourist Saint-Michel district.

She registered a criminal complaint soon after the alleged assault. Initial medical exams were carried out and DNA samples were taken but the results are not yet known.

One policeman has admitted to having consensual sex with her but denied rape. A judicial investigation has been launched and the accused are also facing a probe into tampering with the scene of a crime.

A source close to the investigation said the woman's spectacles and stockings disappeared after she filed the complaint.

- AFP

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