Law enforcement are questioning three Paris firefighters over an alleged rape of a woman at their Plaisance station, Le Parisien reported.
The firefighters, who were off duty at the time of the purported crime, brought “at least” three women back to the station in the early morning hours on Saturday after a drunken party, following which one of the women, a foreign national, issued an official complaint to police. The prosecutor’s office confirmed the fact that the complaint had been handed over to them but did not provide additional details about the case.
According to Paris fire service spokesman Lt Col Gabriel Plus, quoted by Le Parisien, an internal inquiry would mean the firefighters would be suspended from their duties, adding that such actions “cannot be tolerated” and, if proven, “we will then show the greatest firmness.”
“They [the actions] are against the values upheld by Paris firefighters who must be exemplary, which, obviously and happily, is the case for the immense majority of them,” Plus added.
Unlike most French firefighters, those conducting service in Paris are high-ranking professionals and part of the military.