Since it started, several prominent figures have been targeted in French assault claims, including a lawmaker in President Emmanuel Macron's party, a judge on France's equivalent of “America's Got Talent” and renowned Oxford professor Tariq Ramadan, a leading lecturer in Islamic studies.
Franco-Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski, who is wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old in the 1970s, has also been hit with new abuse claims.
Swiss prosecutors are investigating new rape allegations against Polanski made by a Swiss woman — bringing to at least four the number of people who have publicly accused him of assault.
Feminist groups plan protests on Monday outside a Paris-based film archive where is scheduled to attend the launch of a retrospective of his work.
Pope Francis has broken with Catholic tradition to appoint a woman as an undersecretary of the synod of bishops, the first to hold the post with voting rights in a body that studies major questions of doctrine.
Published: 7 February 2021 11:03 CET
Pope Francis has appointed Nathalie Becquart as undersecretary of the synod of bishops. She is the first woman to hold the post. Photo: AFP
Frenchwoman Nathalie Becquart is one of the two new undersecretaries named on Saturday to the synod, where she has been a consultant since 2019.
The appointment signals the pontiff's desire “for a greater participation of women in the process of discernment and decision-making in the church”, said Cardinal Mario Grech, the secretary-general of the synod.
In major historic move, Pope Francis has appointed Sr Nathalie Becquart (@SrNatB) as undersecretary to the Synod of Bishops. As an undersecretary, Sr. Nathalie will enjoy the privilege of voting rights at the Synod of Bishops, making her the first woman to do such. pic.twitter.com/gnjYMZXfiZ