08:59, April 07, 2022
Adrien Quatennens, coordinator of La France insoumise, is the guest of Dimitri Pavlenko this Thursday morning on Europe 1. Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s spokesperson reacted to the opening of a preliminary investigation by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office into the consulting firms, calling the McKinsey case a “state scandal”.
“This case is a state scandal.” Four days before the first round of the presidential election, the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) opened an investigation for “aggravated laundering of tax evasion”, this is the business of consulting firms. An investigation in connection with the government’s use of the McKinsey firm, accused of not paying its taxes in France.
Adrien Quatennens, spokesperson for Jean-Luc Mélenchon, reacted strongly to this affair, calling it a “state scandal” and welcomed the decision of the PNF. The use of these consulting firms by the State was estimated by the Senate report at around one billion euros during Emmanuel Macron’s mandate. “I’m not sure that we need such increased use of these consulting firms,” said the spokesperson and guest of Europe 1 this Thursday morning.
No more recourse to consulting firms if Jean-Luc Mélenchon is elected
“With these consulting firms, the French taxpayer is fleeced three times. First a first time because it is extremely expensive. […] Secondly, because we discover that these firms have not paid taxes in France for ten years and the third is that often the advice offered to the administration by these firms contributes to the reduction of social protection”, tackles the LFI coordinator.
“If we are in power in a few weeks with Jean-Luc Mélenchon, it will be the end of the use of these private consulting firms,” he added. For La France insoumise, this “zero recourse” to consulting firms is an objective in order to be able to “build on the high quality public administration in France”.