French politician's son charged with raping brother

25th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

The son of a well-known right-wing French member of the European parliament has been ordered to appear in court charged with raping his own brother, judicial sources said Tuesday,

Guillaume de Villiers, now 31, is accused of raping his younger brother Laurent, now 25, between January 1995 and December 1996 when both were minors.

Both are sons of Viscount Philippe Le Jolis de Villiers de Saintignon, a 61-year-old aristocratic eurosceptic who leads the small party Movement for France and is the Euro-MP for the Vendee region of western France.

Guillaume de Villiers, an international development consultant who is now married and has three children, has always denied his brother's allegations, which were first made public after a formal complaint in 2006.

He now faces trial on the accusations before a criminal court in the Yvelines region west of Paris, after an investigating magistrate in Versailles decided on Friday that there was a case to answer, the sources said.

The elder De Villiers, who had seven children, has twice stood for president of France on a conservative nationalist ticket, but was knocked out in the first round on both occasions.

Outside France, he is best known for his link to the Libertas movement that opposes further European integration.

Founded by British-born Irish businessman Declan Ganley, Libertas campaigned for a no-vote in the 2008 Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty and supported a network of eurosceptic candidates in the 2009 European election.

© 2010 AFP

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