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Agnès Buzyn, tenth member of an Emmanuel Macron government facing justice – RT in French

The indictment of the former Minister of Health brings to ten the number of ministers or secretaries of state who have had trouble with justice to varying degrees since the coming to power of Emmanuel Macron in May 2017.

Before Agnès Buzyn, the former Minister of Health indicted on September 10 by the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), several members of the government have had legal disputes since the start of the presidency of Emmanuel Macron.

Summoned as part of an investigation into the management of the Covid-19 epidemic, Agnès Buzyn was indicted for “endangering the lives of others” at the end of her hearing. In the same case, the CJR has also been conducting since July 2020 an investigation concerning his successor Olivier Véran and the former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

Eric Dupond-Moretti, indicted for “illegal taking of interests”

The Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti was indicted on July 16, 2021 for “illegal taking of interests” by the CJR. Subject to complaints from the three magistrates’ unions and the Anticor association, he is suspected of having taken advantage of his position as minister to settle accounts with magistrates with whom he had trouble leaving when he was a lawyer, which he refutes. Prime Minister Jean Castex however renewed “all his confidence” in him.

Alain Griset sent back to corrections

The Minister in charge of SMEs Alain Griset was summoned to appear on September 22, 2021 before the Paris Criminal Court for substantial omissions – in the order of 171,000 euros – in his declarations of assets and interests when he entered the government in July 2020.

The High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life (HATVP) – to which members of the government must declare their assets – had announced to take his case to justice on November 24, 2020.

The HATVP also revealed on July 20 that the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot had “omitted to mention in her declaration of interests part of the remuneration received from SARL RBN Conseil, a company which it holds 100%, under 2017, 2018 and 2019 revenues ”, as well as“ omitted to declare certain copyrights for the same years ”. As for Eric Dupond-Moretti, the HATVP however considered that the nature of these omissions was not “of an intentional or substantial character with regard to” the heritage of the Minister.

Gérald Darmanin, investigations relaunched after a classification without follow-up

Accused of abuse of weakness by a resident of Tourcoing, in the North, who claimed to have been forced to have sex in exchange for housing and employment, Gérald Darmanin benefits from a dismissal of the case. in 2018.

Accused by another woman of a rape that took place in 2009 when he was an intermediate UMP manager, Gérald Darmanin also benefits from unsuccessful classifications in 2017 and 2018, but the complainant obtains the relaunch of the investigations in June 2020. The Minister, placed under the status of assisted witness, was confronted with his accuser in March 2021.

Olivier Dussopt and Sébastien Lecornu targeted by investigations

The Secretary of State for the Civil Service Olivier Dussopt is for his part targeted by an investigation by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) for “corruption” and “illegal taking of interests” for having received in 2017 two lithographs as a gift of a company, while he was deputy mayor of Annonay (Ardèche). His home was searched as part of this investigation in August 2020.

Since March 2019, the PNF has also been investigating suspicions of “illegal taking of interests” targeting Sébastien Lecornu, in charge of overseas territories, for his past activities at the head of the Eure department and on the board of directors of a motorway company.

The High Commissioner for Pensions Jean-Paul Delevoye resigned from his post in December 2019 after being questioned for not having declared several mandates to the HATVP. He is the subject of an investigation for “breach of trust”, “abuse of corporate assets” and “concealment”.

Richard Ferrand, President of the National Assembly after leaving the government

Barely appointed Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Richard Ferrand is pinned by the Chained duck which reveals that in 2011, the Mutuelles de Bretagne that he was managing then rented commercial premises belonging to his partner.

He left the government on June 19, 2017 and succeeded François de Rugy as President of the National Assembly in September 2018. Indicted for “illegal taking of interests” in September 2019, he was recognized on March 31, 2021 as the statute of limitations, but this decision is not final.

François Bayrou, Marielle de Sarnez, Sylvie Goulard

On June 9, 2017, the Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation targeting the MoDem, chaired by François Bayrou, on suspicion of fictitious jobs. Justice suspects collaborators of MoDem MEPs, in particular Marielle de Sarnez and Sylvie Goulard, of having been remunerated by funds from the European Parliament while they were assigned to other tasks for the centrist party.

Under the presidency of Emmanuel Macron, it was more the allies of the Modem who followed the rule “legal proceedings = resignation”: on June 21, Sylvie Goulard, who became Minister of the Armed Forces, left the government, followed by François Bayrou, Minister of Justice, and Marielle de Sarnez, Minister responsible for European Affairs.

At the end of 2019, Sylvie Goulard and Marielle de Sarnez – who died in January 2021 – are indicted for “embezzlement of public funds” and François Bayrou for “complicity” in this crime.

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