A ferry in the port of Marseille (summer 2019).


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Up to six months suspended prison sentence and 10,000 euros fine were required Tuesday against three former leaders of the autonomous port of Marseille, tried for negligence in a case of embezzlement of funds intended to maintain the painting of buildings port.

Their "management of public contracts made with disconcerting lightness, in a total DIY", according to the prosecutor Émilie Almero, allowed a painting market, limited to a few months and to 20,000 euros, to give rise between 2005 and 2007, to the payment of 871,000 euros to a Marseille company.

Disputed purchase orders

Signatory of the disputed order forms, a former head of the logistics and general resources department is the only one of the four defendants to be tried for favoritism and embezzlement of public funds.

A two-year suspended prison sentence and a fine of 100,000 euros have been claimed against this port officer dismissed for misconduct.

The prosecutor also requested a four-month suspended prison sentence and 8,000 euros in fines against Guy Janin, 73, director general of the port from 2005 to 2008, who himself alerted the Court of Auditors on this case. and filed a complaint twelve years ago.

A six-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 10,000 euros were demanded against the two former directors of general services, also judged for negligence.


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  • Marseilles

  • Diversion

  • Misappropriation of public funds

  • Harbor