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Two French rugby players arrested in Argentina for alleged sexual assault

Two French rugby players have been arrested in Argentina on sexual assault charges.

Oscar Jegou and Hugo Auradou were arrested in Buenos Aires at the request of prosecutors from Mendoza, in the western part of the country, after a formal complaint was filed against them, Martín Ahumada, spokesman for the provincial prosecutor’s office, said on Tuesday.

The French team was in Mendoza over the weekend to play a test match against Argentina. Jegou and Auradou were arrested on Monday in Buenos Aires, where the French delegation had a stopover before travelling to Uruguay. The two players have not yet been formally charged with any crime and were to be taken to Mendoza for further investigation, Ahumada said.

He declined to provide details about the alleged sexual assault, which according to the complaint took place at a hotel in the provincial capital of Mendoza.

French Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra told Programme X that if the reports were confirmed, the attack would be an “unspeakable cruelty” and that she was in contact with the French Rugby Federation and the French embassy in Argentina.

The French team was due to fly to Montevideo on Wednesday for a friendly against Uruguay before returning to Buenos Aires for a second match against Argentina on Saturday.

The French federation did not immediately comment on the allegations.

The arrests come after French defender Melvyn Jaminet was suspended by the federation on Sunday after a video appeared to show him making racist remarks on social media.

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