France: Ex-president investigated for alleged sexual assault

The public prosecutor’s office in Paris says has opened a preliminary investigation of a sexual assault accusation against former French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

The probe involves a German journalist's allegation that Giscard sexually assaulted her during a 2018 interview, the prosecutor's office said.

The journalist has asserted that Giscard grabbed her buttocks three times and that she tried to push his hand away, according to reports by French daily newspaper Le Monde and German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung.

German broadcaster WDR, the news outlet for which the December 2018 interview was conducted, previously reported that it had investigated the misconduct accusation.

News reports say the journalist initially filed a legal complaint with Paris prosecutors in March.