The French president assured Friday that he was not at the “heart of the investigation” of the national financial prosecutor’s office, which is looking into the intervention of consulting firms in the 2017 and 2022 campaigns, judging “normal that the justice do its job”.
“I fear nothing,” assures Emmanuel Macron. The French president deemed it “normal”, Friday, November 25, for justice to do its job on the “McKinsey affair”, which now extends to his electoral campaigns of 2017 and 2022, while emphasizing that he did not believe he was “in core of the investigation.
The Head of State was questioned by journalists on the sidelines of a trip to Dijon, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
“It’s normal for justice to do its job, it does it freely,” he said, adding that he had “learned (…) through the press” the investigations of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF).
“It’s a very good thing that all the light is on and that the transparency is on,” he added.
The PNF confirmed Thursday the opening of two judicial inquiries in October for “non-compliant keeping of campaign accounts” and “favoritism and concealment of favoritism” on the two victorious electoral campaigns of Emmanuel Macron in 2017 and 2022, within the framework of the so-called “McKinsey” procedure.
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“I learned like you from the press that there were associations and elected officials who had decided to take legal action”, declared the Head of State, recalling having already expressed himself in the past “around everything that was said around McKinsey, which may have shocked many of you, because there were a lot of these subjects of alleged tax evasion”.
He also stressed that the accounts of his 2017 campaign had been “reviewed, re-reviewed” then validated by the competent authorities and that he was awaiting the outcome of the procedures for the 2022 campaign, “like all candidates”.
The head of state sketched out a defense by saying he believed he was not at the “heart of the investigation”.
“The President of the Republic is not going to have fun awarding this or that contract and afterwards in a presidential campaign, there are women and men (…) who get involved”, he said. developed.
“I believe the heart of the investigation is not your servant,” he told a reporter. “I just saw the press release, no one wrote to me, no one called me.”
“There is a subject with a lot of political attacks that have been made on the question of a consulting firm and it is on this subject that the judicial investigation relates”, insisted Emmanuel Macron.
Procedure opened in March
“Some would like to politicize it. (…) justice must do its job in the normal way,” he added, while political reactions are cautious at this stage.
Asked by France 3 last March, during the presidential campaign, about the favoritism from which McKinsey would have benefited, Emmanuel Macron had declared: “We have the impression that there are tricks, it’s not true”.
“No contract is made in the Republic without respecting the rule of public procurement,” he said. “Whoever has proof that there is manipulation bring the contract into question in criminal proceedings.”
The PNF’s decisions follow the preliminary investigation opened on March 31 by the prosecution of the head of “aggravated money laundering of aggravated tax evasion” against McKinsey, on the basis of the report of the Senate inquiry committee relating to the influence of private consulting firms on public policy
In the line of sight, the American consulting firm, whose report shows that it intervened in most of the major reforms of Emmanuel Macron’s first five-year term (2017-2022) and played a leading role with his entourage.
The commission of inquiry also criticized McKinsey for not paying corporate tax in France for at least ten years, apparently via a tax optimization practice known as “transfer pricing”.
The senators noted that the use of consultants was a reality before the mandate of Emmanuel Macron, in particular under Nicolas Sarkozy, but that the place of these private firms in public decision-making had notably gained in importance since 2017.
The judges widened their investigations in October following “several reports and complaints from elected officials and individuals”, said the PNF.