“I fear nothing”, assures Emmanuel Macron. The French president assured Friday that he believed he was not at the “heart of the investigation” by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office on the intervention of consulting firms in the 2017 and 2022 campaigns, judging “normal for justice to do its job”. “I believe that the heart of the investigation is not your servant,” said the president in front of journalists, on the sidelines of a trip to Dijon. “I learned like you from the press that there were associations and elected officials who had decided to take legal action, it is normal for justice to do its job, it does it freely, it will precisely shed light about this,” he added.
“My 2017 campaign accounts, they have already been subjected to all the procedures, to the judge, they have been validated by the procedures that our laws provide for (and) those of 2022 are on the way like all the candidates”, continued Emmanuel Macron, saying he wanted “all the light to be shed and transparency to be made”.
He said he learned from the press of the opening of these two judicial inquiries, including one for “favoritism” on the intervention of consulting firms in the electoral campaigns of 2017 and 2022: “nobody wrote to me, nobody ‘called’. “In this case, I can tell you what a President of the Republic does and what President of the Republic does not do: he is not going to have fun awarding this or that contract”, he said. added. “It is normal for justice to do its job, it does it freely, it will shed light on this subject,” he added. It was in the city of Côte-d’Or, already, that the president-candidate had tried to evacuate the first suspicions, at the end of March, sweeping away the “nonsense” relayed, according to him, by his opponents. “When you want to go very quickly and very hard on a policy, you sometimes have to use service providers outside the state,” he insisted.
The National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) announced Thursday that it had entrusted investigating judges, at the end of October, with two investigations into the intervention of consulting firms in the 2017 and 2022 election campaigns. One relates to suspicions of ” non-compliant keeping of campaign accounts and reduction of accounting elements in a campaign account”, the other targets “heads of favoritism and concealment of favouritism”. Clearly, justice seeks to know if consulting firms would not have unduly participated in the financing of the campaigns of the candidate Macron, before benefiting in return from juicy public contracts.
The Head of State is protected by his criminal immunity, provided for in Article 67 of the Constitution. And his name does not appear in the very technical press release from the PNF on this point. But it is indeed the business of spring that reappears. Especially since the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office reacted to the revelations of the Parisian, who had just reported on these investigations for illegal financing of his campaign.