An endometriosis specialist, she is accused of rape and gynecological violence by three patients.
Under the spotlight since entering government, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou has been lying low for several weeks. Figurehead of endometriosis, this Franco-Greek, gynecologist by profession, is accused by three patients of gynecological violence and rape -the latter described as acts of non-consensual penetration and verbal abuse-, according to the revelations of Marianne , published on June 22. At least unexpected accusations, above all because this Secretary of State, in charge of Development, La Francophonie and International Associations, a member of the party ofimmanuel macronShe has spent her career serving others, especially women.
Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to which she is now attached, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, 46, spent part of her youth in Italy. Born in Sparta (Greece) in 1976, this soldier’s daughter landed on the “Boot” at the age of 18 to study medicine. Diligent and rigorous, she graduated from the prestigious University of Rome, “La Sapienza”. “From a Spartan and banker mother, and a military father, there was a framework at home, which did not prevent them from instilling in me that everything is possible”, she confided to the echoes , the last December. Throughout her studies, the budding gynecologist devoted her research to endometriosis, a still unknown female disease.
After fifteen years in Italy, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou arrived in France in 2007. If she first left her bags at the university hospitals in Strasbourg and Paris, she definitively assumed her duties at the Hôpital d’instruction des Armées Bégin de Saint-Mandé. (Val-de-Marne), to practice gynecology there, also becoming a specialist and reference in endometriosis. In 2016, she established herself a little more in the medical and media field, founding, with the actress julie gayet, the Info-Endometriosis association, created with the aim of raising public awareness. Three years later, she would also say that she was delighted that this chronic disease, “which affects one in ten women in all aspects of [sa] life, become a national cause. This earned him a Knighthood of the National Order of Merit in 2017.
on video, Always herethe awareness campaign of the Info-Endometriose association
It was not until 2019 that the one who claims to consider medicine as “a commitment” decides to start a career in politics. Chrysoula Zacharopoulou then joined Emmanuel Macron’s La République en Marche party and became a member of the European Parliament for the centrist group Renew Europe. “It is important for doctors to get involved in politics. When a health crisis happens, like now, you have to make the right decisions, and for that you need a good knowledge of the matter ”, she explained to our colleagues from echoes.
United against Covid-19
That same year, when the Covid-19 health crisis froze the entire country, the gynecologist was not daunted and offered to receive patients, two days a week, at her Bégin de Saint-Manded military training hospital. Equipped with her white coat and her antigen tests, she leads her fight against the epidemic aloft. She even published a column in The world , called “The European Parliament must listen to the applause at 8:00 p.m.”, signed jointly by twenty colleagues and asking Europe to make health “a priority”. Asked by the French economic magazine about her battle for health challenges , the latter will reply: “For me, it was natural. When you have taken the Hippocratic Oath, you are part of the big family. We are doctors for life.”
At the same time, she became co-chair of the COVAX shareholders’ meeting, mobilized so that poor countries can access vaccines. Always eager to continue being “a woman in the field”, she participated in the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 based at the health center of Mayange, Rwanda, in March 2020. The following year, she received the political woman award of influence, which honors all your actions.
Simon Veil’s Law
But Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, however, abandons her commitment to women’s rights and becomes, at the beginning of 2022, the spokesperson for the fight for abortion, during a speech in the visiting room of the European Parliament. “In this hemicycle we are fighting for equal pay, the establishment of quotas, the balance between professional and private life. We all aspire to a Union of equality (…) But if we really want to achieve equality between women and men, there is an essential condition, respect for sexual and reproductive rights”, she declared on January 23.
Followed by some 3,451 subscribers, the politician and doctor takes note of her commitment on all platforms, connects the videos of her speeches and does not hesitate to take sides on the issue of the right to abortion. On June 24, the day of the revocation of the Roe vs. Wade ruling, which guaranteed theabortion as a constitutional right in the country, the latter published a photo of Simone Veil, preceded by the hashtags usa and abortion.
After three intense years as an MEP, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou left her post to become Secretary of State to Catherine Colonna, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Despite the three complaints against her, the politician has not yet been asked to leave the government. A decision contrary to the one taken for the Damián Abad case, accused of attempted rape and dismissed from Matignon. “You should not compare things that are not comparable”, explained Olivier Véran, on July 4, in France Inter. The government spokesman defended himself by explaining that Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, “an expert in endometriosis, is required to carry out particularly complex clinical examinations.” However, the investigation, entrusted to the Brigade for the repression of crimes against the person, is still ongoing.