Left Menu
Development News Edition

French assembly chief and Macron ally probed over property deals

PTI | Lille | Updated: 12-09-2019 12:46 IST | Created: 12-09-2019 12:38 IST
French assembly chief and Macron ally probed over property deals
Image Credit: Wikimedia

The president of the French National Assembly, who is a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron, has been charged over a property deal from which he is suspected of having illegally profited, prosecutors said Thursday. The allegations facing Richard Ferrand led him to step down from Macron's government in 2017, causing blushes for the president who swept to power on a pledge to rejuvenate France's corruption-plagued political class.

Prosecutors later dropped those charges, paving the way for Ferrand, a former leader of Macron's party, to make a comeback. But an anti-corruption organization later filed another complaint against Ferrand, forcing the case, which concerns a property deal involving a public health fund that Ferrand once headed, to be re-opened.

The three investigating magistrates leading the investigation said in the early hours of Thursday they had decided to charge Ferrand with conflict of interest. Reacting to the announcement Macron said Thursday that Ferrand still had "all my confidence" and called him a "loyal, upstanding man" with an "exemplary" political career."

In 2011, an insurance fund that Ferrand headed in his native Brittany, agreed to rent a building from Ferrand's wife and carry out renovations that boosted its value. Ferrand denies any wrongdoing saying his wife made the fund the best offer and that he had no say in the matter.

In a statement he said was "determined to continue (his) role" as the president of the assembly, which he has held since September 2018. Ferrand was previously minister for territorial cohesion in Macron's government.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

International Day of Non-Violence: Rising crimes against animals call for 'Ahimsa' redux

2020 has seen some of the most horrific incidents of animal-directed violence in India. The only silver lining - if you will - is the wave of backlash that not only sparked awareness for the prevention of animal cruelty, but also a sensibil...

South Africa's COVID-19 response: Surprising outcomes or just poor data management?

South Africa has been committed to improving its health information system and shows that a robust digital has considerable scope to improve healthcare for the entire population. But the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that significant ga...

Post-COVID-19 Nigeria needs a robust Health Management Information System to handle high disease burden

Nigeria is among a few countries that conceptualised a health management information system HMIS in the early 90s but implementation has been a challenge till date. Besides COVID-19, the country has a huge burden of communicable and non-com...

Morocco COVID-19 response: A fragile health system and the deteriorating situation

Learning from its European neighbors, Morocco imposed drastic measures from the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak to try to contain its spread. The strategy worked for a few months but the cases have surged after mid-June. In this sit...

Videos

Latest News

Over 3,000 U.S.-bound migrants cross illegally into Guatemala in caravan

Large groups of Central American migrants heading to the United States from Honduras barged past armed Guatemalan security troops to force their way into Guatemala on Thursday. Migrants began gathering near the border at 6.30am and by mid-d...

Dismiss Yogi Adityanath government, demands Cong leader

Congress leader and Maharashtra minister Nitin Raut on Thursday demanded dismissal of the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh over the alleged gang-rape and death of a Dalit woman in Hathras. Talking to PTI here, Raut, who is also c...

New farm laws: Farmers step up agitation in Punjab; top Akali leadership hold demonstrations

Punjab farmers stepped up their agitation against the new farm laws on Thursday with rail blockades at over 30 places, even as top SAD leaders, including party chief Sukhbir Singh Badal and former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, led ki...

Amit Shah likely to visit Bengal before Durga Puja

Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah is likely to visit West Bengal before Durga Puja to look into the partys organisational aspects ahead of state assembly polls due in 2021, its state president Dilip Ghosh said on Thursday....

Give Feedback