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French prosecutors could summon Prince Andrew to Paris to help with probe into Jeffrey Epstein rape claims

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The Duke of York could be summoned to Paris to help French prosecutors investigating suspected rape and sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein.

The American financier and convicted sex offender owned a luxury apartment – which featured photographs of naked young women on its walls – on the French capital's most exclusive street.

Prince Andrew, Duke of York wearing a suit and tie: Prince Andrew is once again in the spotlight over his close friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince Andrew is once again in the spotlight over his close friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein

The Mail on Sunday understands that US authorities have begun sharing information with France's judicial police, who will examine claims that two 12-year-old girls were abused after being flown from France to the US as a 'birthday present' for Epstein.

Remy Heitz, Paris's chief prosecutor, said the inquiry will focus on 'potential crimes committed on national territory as well as abroad'.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

It is not known if the Duke – who has always denied any wrongdoing – ever visited Epstein in Paris.

A source close to the investigation said: 'The nature of the inquiry allows anyone who might have useful information to be called to give evidence. They can do this as a witness, without initially facing criminal action. Prince Andrew would certainly be an obvious person to assist with this.'

Gallery: Epstein's network: Who's who in his circle (USA Today)

Epstein bought an apartment on Avenue Foch close to the Arc de Triomphe in 2002 and neighbours said yesterday that they occasionally saw him smuggling 'teenage' girls into the building through a side entrance. 

'He appeared quite furtive,' said one. 'A lot of people around here knew he had this thing about young girls.'

A builder who did some work at the apartment described 'a corridor with several pictures of naked young women'.

a large white building: The Duke of York could be summoned to Paris to help French prosecutors investigating suspected rape and sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein. It is not known if the Duke ever visited Epstein at his Paris apartment (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duke of York could be summoned to Paris to help French prosecutors investigating suspected rape and sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein. It is not known if the Duke ever visited Epstein at his Paris apartment (pictured)

Epstein is reported to have been on 11 trips to Paris in the year before he killed himself in his New York prison cell on August 10 while awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges.

Innocence in Danger, the French advocacy group for abuse victims, claimed last week that about ten women had provided it with testimony linked to Epstein. 

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