In the United States, the allegations against Dominique Strauss-Kahn seemed to herald a series of sex scandals in the news. Now in France, the controversy has inspired a women to speak out against another government official. Junior civil service minister George Tron resigned on Sunday after he became the subject of a preliminary investigation into charges of rape and sexual assault, the Associated Press reports. Two women alleged that he had attacked them between 2007 and 2010.
Tron, 53, is a member of President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative UMP party. The two women, aged 34 and 36, once worked at the town hall of Draveil, south of Paris, where Tron has long been mayor. One said she was too ashamed to tell anyone at first, but that she spoke out after the charges were brought in New York against Strauss-Kahn.
"When I saw that a chambermaid was capable of taking on Dominique Strauss-Kahn, I told myself I didn't have the right to keep quiet," said the woman, who was not identified by name. "Other women may be suffering what I suffered. I have to help them. We have to break this code of silence."
As Tron, like Strauss-Kahn, denies the allegations, France now has its own high profile sexual assault investigation to undertake. It will be interesting to see its procedure, especially after many in France heavily criticized the U.S. for it's handling of the Strauss-Kahn case.