French Minister Quits Over Harassment Claims

A junior French minister quit Sunday in response to two former employees' sexual harassment accusations. Former civil service minister Georges Tron previously had vehemently denied the allegations when they surfaced this week, calling the claims "vindictive" and the accusers "inveterate liars," according to AFP. Even as he resigned from President Nicolas Sarkozy's government Sunday, he promised to clear himself of the charges. One of his accusers told Le Parisien that she was encouraged to speak out by the news of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's accuser. "We must break this code of silence," she said. Tron, however, suggested that far-right pol Marine le Pen's relatives, with whom he'd feuded, were behind the accusations.

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