Europe 1 with AFP 22:05 p.m., March 28, 2023

The national coordinator in charge of security for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and former prefect of Aisne has been suspended from his duties. Ziad Khoury has seen his mission stop for the moment after a report of "inappropriate behavior" towards a woman, announced the Ministry of the Interior.

The national coordinator for security of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Ziad Khoury, has been suspended from his duties after a report of "inappropriate behavior" towards a woman during a trip to London, the French Ministry of the Interior said Tuesday. An administrative investigation has been conducted and must render its conclusions "within a month", said the ministry, confirming information from the Canard enchaîné.

In the meantime, he was suspended on March 21 "as a precautionary measure" and his deputy is interim, it was added Place Beauvau. No complaint has been filed against him, the Ministry of the Interior said, citing inappropriate remarks by Mr. Khoury towards the woman.

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Bad reputation

According to a source close to the case, he already had the reputation of having inappropriate behavior towards women, before this incident in England, which dates from December 2021. According to this source, however, he is not the subject of any criminal proceedings at this stage. Former prefect of Aisne, Ziad Khoury had managed security during the Euro-2016 football organized in France.