Fictitious jobs: Michel Mercier must appear before the criminal court in the fall

Fictitious jobs: Michel Mercier must appear before the criminal court in the fall

The former parliamentarian and Keeper of the Seals, Michel Mercier, his wife and one of his daughters, must appear in the fall before the Paris Criminal Court following an investigation into suspicions of fictitious jobs, we learned on Monday from a source familiar with the matter.

The trial is to take place from October 31 to November 10, said this source, confirming information from the daily Le Progrès.

A preliminary investigation by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) was opened on August 2, 2017 against Michel Mercier, 75 years old today, after revelations from Le Canard enchaîné.

The former MoDem senator, who led the Rhône department between 1990 and 2013, is accused of having provided fictitious jobs for one of his daughters, Delphine, and his wife.

Michel Mercier will be tried on suspicion of embezzlement of public funds, illegal taking of interests and negligent embezzlement of public funds; Joëlle Mercier and their daughter Delphine Mercier for complicity in embezzlement of public funds and concealment of embezzlement of public funds.

Mr. Mercier’s lawyer did not immediately respond to AFP’s requests.

Delphine Mercier was her father’s parliamentary assistant in the Senate part-time, from August 2012 to April 2014, while she was living in London. His wife was his local collaborator during his various mandates.

During the investigation, entrusted to the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police (Oclciff), suspicions concerning his other daughter, who followed her father’s career closely from 2003 to 2012, were dropped.

No charges have been brought against the son of Michel Mercier, who was employed at the Rhône Departmental Council.

This affair had led the former minister of Nicolas Sarkozy (Territorial planning, then Justice 2009-2012) to give up joining the Constitutional Council in 2017. He also left his post as senator and that of mayor of his hometown of Thizy (Rhone).

The name of Michel Mercier is cited in another court case: as treasurer of the MoDem until 2009, he was indicted for complicity in the embezzlement of public funds in 2019 in the file of the jobs of assistants to deputies in Parliament European of the MoDem and the UDF.

The financial judge closed this instruction in March, in which at least fifteen people are being prosecuted, including François Bayrou, as well as the two political parties as legal persons.

The Paris prosecutor’s office must take its requisitions soon.


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