The chief prosecutor in Paris is opening an investigation into the rape of minors and other charges linked to the Jeffrey Epstein case.

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Remy Heitz said in a statement on Friday that his decision to open a preliminary investigation was based on “elements transmitted” to his office and “exchanges with American authorities”.

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The charges involve young people aged 15 and older.

No further details were immediately provided.

Disgraced billionaire Epstein died in US custody while awaiting trial for sex trafficking and is thought to have taken his own life.

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