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“I fear nothing”, assures Emmanuel Macron about the PNF investigations – RT in French

During a trip, the Head of State displayed his serenity regarding the investigations into his 2017 and 2022 campaign accounts. He judged not to be at the “heart of the investigation” and denounced “political attacks “.

Traveling to Dijon (Côte-d’Or) on November 25, Emmanuel Macron reacted to the opening of two investigations around his campaign accounts, revealed the day before by The Parisian. The Head of State assured that he believed he was not at the “heart of the investigation” of the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) launched at the end of October on the intervention of consulting firms, McKinsey in the lead, in the campaigns of 2017 and 2022 .

“I fear nothing and […] I believe that the heart of the investigation is not your servant”, affirmed the president in front of journalists, seeming rather confident in the outcome of these investigations on a sensitive subject. “I learned like you from the press that there were associations and elected officials who had decided to take legal action, it is normal for justice to do its job, it does it freely, it will precisely shed light about this,” he added. “There are […] a lot of political attacks that have been made on the question of a consulting firm”, also denounced the head of state, criticizing those who would like to “politicize” the affair.

Macron says he “has already explained himself hundreds of times” in the face of opposition accusations

“My 2017 accounts have been watched and re-watched. It has not escaped your notice that sometimes for campaign accounts there could be issues. Mine were looked at like all the candidates of 2017. Those of 2022, they are, like all those of the candidates, under review”, explained Emmanuel Macron.

A President of the Republic does not enjoy awarding this or that contract

Asked about a possible favoritism in the awarding of public contracts to private firms such as McKinsey, some of whose employees may have worked voluntarily during his campaigns, the Head of State again refuted any practice of this type, ensuring that he “already be explained hundreds of times” in the face of opposition accusations during the last presidential campaign. “I can tell you what a President of the Republic does and what President of the Republic does not do: he is not going to have fun awarding this or that contract,” he said.

He further observed that “in a presidential campaign, there are women and men, there are some who are journalists, […] magistrates, […] in consulting firms, […] civil servants, who are committed and who give time in their free time, it has always been like that”.

The PNF has launched two investigations, one of which relates to suspicions of “non-compliant holding of campaign accounts and reduction of accounting elements in a campaign account”. The other targets “heads of favoritism and concealment of favoritism”, in order to determine whether consulting firms have not unduly participated in the financing of candidate Macron’s campaigns, before benefiting in return from juicy public contracts.

The Head of State is protected by his criminal immunity, provided for in Article 67 of the Constitution. His name does not appear in the press release from the PNF on this point, but it is indeed the affair of the spring which resurfaces. Especially since the PNF reacted to the revelations of the Parisian, who had just reported on these investigations for illegal financing of his campaign. After hampering his presidential campaign, the McKinsey affair risks pursuing the tenant of the Elysée during part of his second term.


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