France’s government wants to launch an investigation into Jeffrey Epstein and his reported “links” to the European country — where he maintained a residence and visited often.
The probe was first suggested on Monday by Innocence Endangered, a French NGO that defends children’s’ rights, before it was picked up and proposed by local officials.
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“These stays on French territory were regular and it is up to the investigators (…) to shed light on the use of the apartment acquired by Mr. Epstein,” said Innocence Endangered in a letter to Paris prosecutors, according to the Agence France Presse.
France’s Equality Minister Marlene Schiappa and French child welfare minister Adrien Taquet would later release a joint statement, calling for the same thing.
“The American investigation has highlighted links with France,” the pair said. “It thus seems fundamental for the victims that an investigation be opened in France to shed light on this issue,”
Before his death, Esptein had been accused of taking underage sex slaves on frequent trips to Paris aboard his private jet. Schiappa and Taquet cited the allegations in their call for an investigation on Monday — saying there were “many unanswered questions” left in the wake of Epstein’s apparent suicide.
“The elements received at the Paris prosecutor’s office are being analyzed and cross-referenced,” a spokesperson for the Paris prosecutor’s office told ABC News. “The first audits are currently underway to determine whether an investigation should be opened in France.”
Epstein, 66, was indicted on sex trafficking charges in July and awaiting trial in Manhattan when he supposedly took his own life. He was accused of using a fake Austrian passport to travel to France in the 1980s.
One of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, claims she was “forced” to have sex with him and several others while in the country — including French model scout Jean-Luc Brunel and an unidentified “owner of a large hotel chain.” Epstein and Brunel both denied the accusations.
With Post wires