Brussels (AFP)

The candidate of France to sit on the European Commission, Sylvie Goulard, was laundered by the European Parliament in the context of a case of alleged fictitious jobs, said Friday the press service of the European Parliament.

"The case in the European Parliament is closed, there are minor, irregular, non-systematic and unintentional administrative irregularities, the reimbursement related to this case has been made", said a spokesperson for the European Parliament, questioned by AFP .

President Goulard's appointment on Wednesday to occupy France's post in the Commission had caused some gnashing of her teeth because of her presumed involvement in a fictitious job of assistant MEPs from the party. Modem.

Mrs Goulard, an EU specialist with recognized skills and a centrist MEP from 2009 to 2017, had to leave the post of minister of the armed forces just a month after her appointment in 2017, along with the centrists François Bayrou and Marielle de Sarnez. .

In an interview on Friday morning on the BFM TV channel, the Secretary of State for European Affairs, Amelie de Montchalin, had claimed that the European Parliament had cleared Ms. Goulard after an "internal investigation".

"The European Parliament, for two years, has itself looked at what happened and concluded that there was no information to suggest that she did not do things according to the rules "said Madame de Montchalin.

The French judicial inquiry into this case is continuing, however, where former parliamentary assistants and a few MEPs have been heard.

To date, Sylvie Goulard has not been summoned. It now seems, according to a source familiar with the case in France, that it is not the most involved among the six parliamentarians referred to in the case.

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