Encouraged by the trail of former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn, two French women said they would file official complaints against a government minister they accuse of sexual harassment, reported Reuters.
Gilbert Collard, who is the lawyer for the women, said he had submitted the complaints against Georges Tron, French secretary of public affairs, to a public prosecutor who confirmed the accusation.
Both the women say they were encouraged to speak after the current arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn on sex crime charges.
Tron retaliated by calling the accusations “incredible” and said the women were the ones who were dismissed from their town hall posts in Draveil, a city in southern Paris, where Tron is the mayor.
One of the women, who wanted her identity to remain a secret, said the minister touched her improperly on various instances during her two-year period at Draveil town hall, where she worked as a receptionist at Tron's office.
She also said that she felt encouraged to speak after former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn was charged and arrested with attempted rape on the basis of the accusations made by a New York hotel maid.
Tron said the complaint against him was aggravated by revenge and linked the incident to a local dispute over a property development. He added that the women were connected to people who were involved in that dispute.