French Justice investigates, Emmanuel Macron targeted

French presidents have this particular tendency to be singled out by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) as good litigants just after their term of office. With proof Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy.

Yesterday the PNF in a statement announced that ” French justice was investigating the close relations maintained between the American consulting firm McKinsey and the government “. Follow the gaze, it is indeed Emmanuel Macron’s links with the cabinet, which are concerned, even if the PNF does not appoint, at least yet, the French president.

But by opening two judicial inquiries relating to the electoral campaigns of 2017 and 2022, the Public Prosecutor’s Office has simultaneously opened a constitutional pandora’s box, we will say. In both cases, the PNF specifies that it has received reports and complaints from elected officials (senators), individuals and associations.

In the background, the relations between the Head of State and his entourage with the American consulting firm McKinsey and the conditions for awarding public contracts. Three investigations are underway, specifies the document and three investigating judges appointed and supported by the gendarmerie services are investigating the sincerity of the accounts of Emmanuel Macron’s victorious campaigns in 2017 and 2022.

Among the investigators, an experienced magistrate, Serge Tournair, known for having indicted François Fillon and his wife Penelope in 2017 who were then convicted at first instance and then on appeal. The magistrate also pinned Nicolas Sarkozy on his hunting board in the Bygmalion affair.

Information had been opened (October 20) for “ non-compliant keeping of campaign accounts and reduction of accounting elements in a campaign account ”, relating to “the conditions of intervention of consulting firms in the 2017 and 2022 electoral campaigns”. A second judicial investigation relates to heads of ” favoritism and concealment of favoritism “. These two procedures, it is indicated, following a preliminary investigation opened on March 31, against the American consulting firm, for “ aggravated money laundering and aggravated tax evasion “.

And hold! four days before this last date, on France 3, Macron questioned on the subject of contracts signed by the State with consulting firms, had replied ” We have the impression that there are tricks, it’s not true. » adding , “If there is evidence of manipulation, let it go to the criminal. No contract is signed in the Republic without respecting the rule of public procurement, that anyone who has proof that there is manipulation puts the contract in question in criminal proceedings” Was it there, warning signs most certainly that the sequel will tell us. According to the Parisian,

It all started last March with a report by a Senate inquiry committee denouncing the influence of private consulting firms on public policy. The parliamentarians had denounced the contracts concluded between the State and these consulting companies had “more than doubled” between 2018 and 2021 to reach the record amount of one billion euros last year. Among the firms, the American McKinsey figured in a good position.

According to the evening newspaper Le Monde, links exist between the head of state, his entourage and the American company. Indeed, consultants or ex-consultants of the private firm have thus worked for the electoral campaign of the President of the Republic in 2017. In addition, McKinsey employees have taken up positions within the presidential party “La République en Marche!“ or ministerial offices.

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