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Paris prosecutors are investigating allegations of rape levelled at the prominent Muslim intellectual and Oxford University professor, Tariq Ramadan, who is suing for defamation.

The prosecutors' office said Tuesday it had opened a preliminary investigation into allegations made by Henda Ayari, a 40-year-old Salafist turned secular activist who says she was abused by Ramadan.

Ayari filed a complaint last week alleging rape, sexual assault, harassment and intimidation by the Swiss scholar, who is a well-known figure in France. She claimed the attack took place in 2012, on the sidelines of a congress of the Union of Islamic Organisations of France (UOIF).


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