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The prosecution wishes to set an example in a case that affects a prestigious position in French higher education: the presidency of a university. Two years in prison suspended, 30,000 euros fine and a final ban on holding the office of university president were thus requested Thursday against the former president of the University of Orleans, Youssoufi Touré.
Ex-employee and ex-partner
President of the university from 2009 to 2016, Youssoufi Touré is on trial for embezzlement of public funds and favoritism. He is suspected of having allowed an ex-collaborator, his ex-partner, to benefit from undue advantages, that is to say 33,020 euros of travel expenses by car between his home and the university. Justice also accuses the former head of the university of not having respected the rules for awarding public contracts for the renovation of a building. An architect was also brought to justice for these facts. In his defense, Youssoufi Touré explained that he could have made a mistake, "possibly out of ignorance, but not out of intention".
The deputy public prosecutor of Orléans, Céline Visiedo, also requested six months suspended prison sentence and 15,000 euros fine against the former collaborator, as well as one year suspended prison sentence and 50,000 euros fine against the architect. The Orleans Criminal Court reserved its decision on June 25.
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