Jeffrey Epstein's links with France, where he owned a house, are being investigated and an official probe may be opened, according to French officials.
French Secretary of State for Equality between men and women Marlène Schiappa and Secretary of State for Child Protection Adrien Taquet released a joint statement on Aug. 12 calling for French authorities to open up an investigation into Epstein and what he did in the country.
“Epstein’s death must not deny his victims the justice they are entitled to,” the ministers added. "We would like to use this occasion to highlight again our utmost determination to protect young girls from sexual violence and especially from being exploited by criminal networks, and this should result in new measures being announced during the final quarter of this year."
A spokesperson for the Paris prosecutor's office said they were aware of the request and have launched preliminary audits to figure out what official probe should be launched.
Besides owning property in three states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Epstein, a 66-year-old financier who was arrested for sex trafficking last month and found dead over the weekend in his jail cell, owned property in multiple countries, including France. Property records obtained by the broadcaster showed that Epstein purchased multiple properties in 22 Avenue Foch in 2002 for 1.5 million euros and an additional property in 2004 for only 20 euros.
She said she went to Paris in 2001 with Maxwell and Epstein. She said, in her best recollection, that Maxwell “sent [her] to have sex with the owner of a large hotel chain.” She said she witnessed other girls, some as young as 12, being abused by Epstein and others in Paris.
In depositions, Maxwell denied Giuffre's allegations, calling the girl "a liar," and Epstein pleaded the fifth when asked about the claims.
Others have pushed for a probe of Epstein's activities in France, including the NGO Innocence in Danger.
The group issued a statement in July about Epstein and another statement on Aug. 13 calling for an investigation. It said it had sent a letter to the Paris public prosecutor asking for a probe into Epstein.
The group said it referred at least one known victim of Epstein in France.