The world's most famous tourist city has been rocked by scandal after two top police officers were charged with raping a Canadian visitor.
Paris: Two elite French police officers have been charged with raping a Canadian tourist in a case that has sent shockwaves across France.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the pair would "face the full consequences" if found guilty.
Four policemen were taken into custody after the 34-year-old woman filed a complaint saying she had been raped in the police headquarters last Tuesday night.
Two members of the elite BRI unit that fights gang crime were charged, a source close to the investigation said, with the other two released.
The interior ministry said three of the men had been suspended, including one who was released but not charged.
According to judicial officials, the woman met the officers during a night of heavy drinking at an Irish pub frequented by many police from the headquarters, which is widely known by its address: 36, Quai des Orfevres.
They said she agreed to follow them to their workplace just across the Seine in the Saint-Michel district.
She registered a criminal complaint soon after the alleged assault. Initial medical exams were carried out and DNA samples were taken, but the results are not yet known.
One policeman has admitted to having consensual sex with the woman but denied rape. A judicial investigation has been launched and the accused are also facing a probe into tampering with the scene of a crime. A source close to the investigation said the woman's spectacles and stockings disappeared after she filed the complaint.