Rachida Dati built her against-the-odds career by defying convention. So it was in character when — while serving as France’s justice minister — she had a daughter and refused to say who the father was. Now, what was once thought to be an exercise in discretion has morphed into a messy scandal involving tales of power, sex, and ambition. Dati, now 46, says simply: ‘‘I have a complicated private life.’’
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