An Ireland fan was allegedly gang-raped by three men while in Bordeaux to watch her country’s opening Rugby World Cup win.
According to reports in France, police are “actively seeking” those accused of assaulting a 37-year-old woman overnight on Sunday evening on Rue de la Rousselle in the centre of the city, close to where she was staying.
She was said to have been walking near her accommodation the night after Ireland’s 82-8 win over Romania when she was allegedly attacked.
According to L’Independant, the woman was able to make her way back to the residence but was in a state of shock and was initially unable to report the attack to French police, who found her “traumatised and prostrate”.
She was said to have been treated at Bordeaux University Hospital and to have been interviewed by Irish police officers assisting the local force as part of the World Cup security operation.
A rape allegation was then filed on Monday morning at the Bordeaux central police station.
The local prosecutor’s office told Le Parisien an investigation had been opened into the alleged incident, with police said to be seeking three Caucasian men, one of whom was described as “very athletic”.
A statement added: “The investigations are underway and in particular the genetic examinations on the victim and the clothing, the collection of testimonies and the study of the video protection of the neighbourhood.”
In a statement, Irish police said officers “currently deployed in France for the duration of the Rugby World Cup tournament to assist Irish people visiting France are liaising with local authorities in relation to an alleged incident”.
Foreign Office travel advice for British nationals travelling to France for the World Cup makes no mention of a heightened risk there of sexual assault.
Its general safety and security advice for France focuses on the threat of terrorism, warning those involved were “very likely to try to carry out attacks” there.
It also cites “several cases of serious assault” on the Paris Metro, including the line serving the Stade de France.
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