Valérie Pécresse: Investigations launched into misappropriation of public funds

Valérie Pécresse: Investigations launched into misappropriation of public funds

A preliminary investigation into misappropriation of public funds as part of Valérie Pécresse’s presidential campaign was launched on Monday in Paris, following a report by Julien Bayou (EELV) described as “slanderous denunciation” by the entourage of President LR of the Ile-de-Region France. The report by the retiring national secretary of EELV, sent to prosecutors on April 19 and known to AFP, also targeted crimes of illegal campaign finance, illegal party financing, misappropriation of corporate assets and/or illegal interest collection.

The Paris public prosecutor’s office announced that the investigations had been transferred to the Brigade for Combating Economic Crime (BRDE).

“We are not aware of this procedure,” as revealed by BFMTV on Tuesday, told AFP the entourage of Valérie Pécresse, who assured that “all the rules (were) scrupulously observed”. “The Greens are still using the same method of slanderous denunciation,” the same source added. “We are calm and trust in justice”. “Ms. Pécresse has instructed my law firm to prepare a complaint for slanderous denunciation,” lawyer Thibault de Montbrial told AFP. “Unfortunately, it is not the first time that environmentalists have used this type of method as part of their fight against the majority in Ile-de-France,” added the council of elected LR.

In this report, Julien Bayou refers in particular to the resignation of regional councilor Babette de Rozières from the campaign team and from all committees because of “differences of opinion expressed by her regarding the presidential campaign of Valérie Pécresse, also president of the Ile-de-France region.

In her resignation letter of March 8, Ms de Rozières declares “acting in the interests of Valérie Pécresse” and adds: “but the mix of genres between the president of the region and the presidential candidate seems complete”. She also cites “the candidate’s alleged disinterest in foreign countries and the level of campaigning,” the description said.


Julien Bayou also mentions an interview with Ms de Rozières at Outre-Mer News, in which she denounces “arrangements in the Ile-de-France region” with regional elected official Patrick Karam, who is accused of “clientelist practices”, allegations that according to him, “to clarify or to invalidate”. This description also refers to “the contribution of an agent, the chief of staff of the president of the region, to the development of the program of the presidential campaign of the right”.

“This person was on leave during the election campaign” and was therefore not working for the region at the time, Valérie Pécresse’s entourage told AFP.

Mr Bayou, former national secretary of the EELV, reports on “payment statements (which) are to be analyzed against the background of the presidential campaign and legislative appointments”, but believes the “allegations are extremely serious”.

Mr Bayou, who resigned from his post on Monday over allegations of psychological violence, which he denies, also marvels at the Salon de la Gastronomie des Outre-Mer et de la Francophonie founded by Babette de Rozières, described by Patrick Karam as a “money pump”. . “I did not do any event for Ms Pécresse during her campaign,” Ms de Rozières told AFP. “The region didn’t pay a cent for this show,” argued the restaurateur from Guadeloupe, who runs several establishments.

There is “no funding from the region” for the fair mentioned in the report, Ms Pécresse’s entourage also pointed out to AFP. Patrick Karam had not responded to inquiries from AFP late Tuesday afternoon.

The LR candidate Valérie Pécresse spent 14.3 million euros on a single ballot, but without reaching the 5 percent mark that would have allowed her to have her campaign costs reimbursed. After her defeat, she launched an appeal for donations to plug a five million euro hole.

(With AFP)


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