The alleged rapist, likely a Muslim, who is 23 and originally from North Africa, is said to have approached the woman, 27, in a public toilet opposite Notre Dame Cathedral, and by the Louis-Philippe bridge. Neither the assailant nor his victim can be identified for legal reasons (no, for political correctness), but Paris prosecutors said the attack happened in the early hours of last Sunday morning.
Daily Mail (h/t Nita) ‘The American woman was walking along the bank of the Seine at the end of a Saturday night out with her partner, when she entered the toilet block,’ said an investigating source.
‘It is well lit, and there were plenty of people around, but the woman’s partner became concerned when she remained inside for a long time.’ When he entered the toilets, he heard the woman crying, and then realized she was being attacked in a cubicle.
The victim managed to flee herself, and then her partner and other women in the toilet managed to trap the alleged rapist in a cubicle. Police then arrived and managed to arrest the man. Following questioning he was charged with rape.
The attacker denied any wrongdoing, saying he had a ‘consensual arrangement with the woman’, but was remanded in custody. The woman was taken to the Pitie-Salpetrière hospital in eastern Paris, where she was treated for injuries.
The area where the attack happened is always packed with tourists, and includes Paris Plage – the urban ‘beach’ full of holiday attractions. There are frequent complaints about lawlessness, however, and especially about aggressive Muslim youths threatening passers-by.