Former French health minister Agnes Buzyn was charged Friday over her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic after investigators at a special court in Paris concluded there were grounds to prosecute her.

Iran PressEurope: Agnes Buzyn, France's former health minister at the time the global COVID-19 pandemic erupted, was on Friday indicted for "endangering the lives of others".

The indictment was handed out by prosecutors of the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), as part of their investigations into the handling of the health crisis by the French government.

It came hours after she was interviewed by prosecutors. Prior to her interview, she had told reporters that it was "an excellent opportunity for me to explain myself and to set the record straight."

"I will not allow the government's action, my action as minister, to be sullied when we have done so much to prepare our country for a global health crisis which, I would remind you, is still going on," she added.

Buzyn, 58, quit her role as minister in February 2020 to run in the mayoral election for Paris for French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist La Republique en March (LREM). 219