Companies linked to tax havens: Pannier-Runacher denounces “false and defamatory allegations”.

Companies linked to tax havens: Pannier-Runacher denounces “false and defamatory allegations”.

Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher on Tuesday denounced “false and slanderous allegations” after an investigation by Disclose was released that revealed her children owned shares in a company whose funds are partly domiciled in tax havens.

“I learned this morning of the false and defamatory allegations published by (the NGO) Disclose” and this issue “is unrelated to my duties as a minister,” affirmed the minister during Question Time at the government in the Assembly in response to a question from socialist Arthur Delaporte.

“Therefore, nothing is secret, nothing is hidden,” she emphasized, assuring that the operations in question were carried out “by a French company”.

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“My father wanted to prepare his succession through a direct transfer to his grandchildren, this transfer was made through a French company subject to French taxation, through a notarial deed drawn up in Paris and in full compliance with the provisions in force under French law”, she explained.

“I appear to have complied with the statutory declaration requirements, in particular with the HATVP (High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life), which expressly provides that asset declarations do not concern the assets of children, including minors. ‘ she argues.

Ms. Pannier-Runacher therefore assured that she had “no connection to the (oil) company Perenco”, her father’s former employer. “It is in fact a foreign company that carries out its oil activities outside of France. Therefore, in my capacity as Minister, I did not need to be aware of the activities of this group.”

She clarified that her children are “in no way direct or indirect shareholders” of Perenco.

Asked about the same issue by EELV group leader Cyrielle Chatelain, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne confirmed: “If you wish to comment on press articles, I tell you that it is not my job to comment on press articles. and that the minister has already had an opportunity to comment on the subject”.

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“We are in a plenary chamber, not a court,” Ms. Borne added.

“If you’re interested in our country’s energy policy, you see, I could have told you about the bill that passed in the Senate late last week to accelerate the expansion of renewable energy,” he said again.

The HATVP launched an investigation into the minister on Tuesday following the publication of this inquiry.

The minister’s father, Jean-Michel Runacher, founded this civil society in France in 2016, called Arjunem, as part of an asset transfer and contributed around €1.2 million in shares, according to the Disclose inquiry.

According to Disclose, this legacy comes from hedge funds based in Delaware, Ireland and Guernsey, in which Perenco also had a stake.


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