PARIS — National prosecutors opened an investigation Tuesday of Christophe Girard, a former deputy mayor of Paris and supporter of the pedophile writer Gabriel Matzneff, for the possible rape of a minor.

Prosecutors initiated their investigation a day after the publication of an article in The New York Times, in which Aniss Hmaïd, now 46, said that Mr. Girard abused him sexually when he was 16 years old and coerced him into sex about 20 times during an abusive relationship.

In return, Mr. Girard employed him as domestic help and gave him odd jobs at the Yves Saint Laurent design house, where Mr. Girard was a top executive before entering politics, Mr. Hmaïd said.

In an interview with The Times, Mr. Girard denied having any sexual relationship with the younger man.

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