British police officer ‘threatened with knife and raped at foot of Eiffel Tower’

The victim, aged 23, says she was attacked near a bush by a man with a knife shortly before midnight on Monday.

British police officer ‘threatened with knife and raped at foot of Eiffel Tower’
French police patrol at the Trocadero Square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris as French government puts nation on its highest state of alert after a deadly knife attack in northern France, October 15, 2023. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
The alleged rape happened close to the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (Picture: REUTERS)

A man has been arrested after a woman was raped at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

The victim, aged 23, says she was attacked near a bush by a man with a knife shortly before midnight on Monday.

It’s thought the woman was walking with a friend along the Champ-de-Mars in Paris when she went behind a bush to go to the toilet, Le Parisien reports.

The man then allegedly jumped on her and tried to rape her, and when she tried to push him away, he took out a knife and threatened her. She then stopped fighting back and he raped her.

The victim is reportedly a British police officer and was visiting Paris for a two-day trip with a friend.

Police arrested a 35-year-old suspect about an hour later, who was taken into custody overnight.

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