The legal aspect of the Orpea scandal, a private nursing home group suspected of institutional abuse and financial offences, is coming alive.

A dozen gendarmes from the Versailles Research Section and the Central Office for Combating Damage to the Environment and Public Health (OCLAESP) searched the company's headquarters in Puteaux (Hauts-de-Seine). ) in the early morning, according to concordant sources.

The management of Orpea itself confirmed that a search was "in progress" at the headquarters as well as in its regional offices.

In the wake of this announcement, Orpea shares fell by more than 5% on the Paris Stock Exchange.

According to a source close to the investigation, these searches aim to "carry out checks" in the investigation opened after a report from the government sent in March to the Nanterre prosecutor's office, following the publication of the book "Les Fossoyeurs" by Victor Castanet.

This investigation was joined to other investigations, launched in February, for "forgery and use of forgery and violation of labor legislation by abusively resorting to fixed-term contracts".

Asked by AFP, the Nanterre prosecutor's office did not wish to communicate more immediately.


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