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Case of parliamentary assistants: Sylvie Goulard indicted for "embezzlement of public funds"

2019-12-02T17:40:46.709Z

Ephemeral Minister of Arms and former candidate of France to the European Commission, Sylvie Goulard was indicted on November 29 for embezzlement of public funds in the case of jobs ...



Former MEP MoDem Sylvie Goulard was indicted, Friday, November 29, by the judge investigating the allegedly fictitious uses of assistants of MEPs, learned Monday, December 2 AFP from judicial source.

Sylvie Goulard, who failed to be named in the new European Commission because of the investigation, was indicted for "embezzlement of public funds" after her hearing at the Paris court, according to this source.

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The judges of the financial center of the Paris court have since 15 November indicted several people in this investigation, including "complicity in embezzlement of public funds." Among them are former Minister of Justice Michel Mercier and Chief Financial Officer MoDem Alexandre Nardella. MoDem chairman François Bayrou is summoned Friday.

The magistrates seek to ascertain whether parliamentary associates were paid by European Parliament funds when in fact they were assigned to other tasks for the centrist party.

Reimbursement of 45 000 euros in the European Parliament

The opening of a preliminary investigation by the Paris prosecutor's office in June 2017 led to the resignation of François Bayrou from the post of Minister of Justice, as well as those of Marielle de Sarnez from the post of Minister of European Affairs and Sylvie Goulard of the post of Minister of the Armies.

This case, added to the controversy over services performed for an American think tank, has cost Sylvie Goulard its place in the new European Commission, refused in October by MEPs.

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The former MEP (2009-2017), currently vice-governor of the Banque de France, had accepted this summer to reimburse the European Parliament 45,000 euros.

This sum corresponds to eight months' salary for one of his assistants, Stéphane Thérou, for whom she could not provide "proof of work". On August 30, the European Parliament closed the case for his case.

The MoDem is not the only political formation in the lens of justice for supposedly fictitious jobs in the European Parliament. A similar investigation was thus opened for the insubordinate France (LFI) and for the National Front (FN), in which twenty people, including Marine Le Pen, were indicted.

With AFP

Source: france24

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