Canadian woman accuses French police of rape

Four French police officers are being held in custody on suspicion of raping a 34-year-old Canadian...

Four French police officers are being held in custody on suspicion of raping a 34-year-old Canadian woman at their Paris station. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 7:35 PM ET

A Canadian tourist alleges she was raped by at least one drunk police officer at police headquarters in Paris, according to French media reports.

French media are reporting the 34-year-old woman is from Toronto and is the daughter of a police officer.

The unnamed woman reportedly met some cops at a pub late Tuesday and chatted with them for a while before being invited to visit the iconic headquarters on the River Seine.

She alleges that at the headquarters, the officers, including a captain in an anti-gang unit, sexually assaulted her in an office.

The woman was found near headquarters crying and wanting to file an official complaint.

Four officers were being held on Friday, and an internal police investigation has also been launched. The officers can be held for up to 48 hours without being charged.

AFP reports the officers deny the allegations.

There is reportedly video surveillance at police headquarters, which is being reviewed, AFP reports.

Toronto Police and several other services in the GTA told QMI Agency they were unaware of the overseas sexual assault investigation.

Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed it is monitoring the case.

"Canadian consular officials are providing assistance to a Canadian citizen in Paris, France, and continue to engage local authorities to gather more information," Foreign Affairs spokesman Beatrice Fenelon said Friday. "To protect the privacy of the individual concerned, further information on this case cannot be released."

-With files from Chris Doucette


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