investigation opened for embezzlement of public funds

The PNF investigation follows an article in the chained duck of November 15 on a suspicion of cumulation of jobs of the ex-wife of the candidate for the presidency of the Republicans.

A preliminary investigation was opened, in particular for embezzlement of public funds, after the publication of articles according to which the ex-wife of Éric Ciotti would have accumulated several jobs in the Assembly, in Nice and in the Department, indicated this Tuesday November 22 the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF), confirming information from BFMTV. This investigation, also opened for breach of trust and concealment of these offences, “aims to verify the validity of the elements published in the press“, specified this source.

During the weekly press conference, the boss of the LR deputies Olivier Marleix denounced a “exceptional jurisdictionfor his party and aTwo weights, two measures“. “The PNF invites itself into the electoral calendarof the Republicans andit doesn’t surprise me anymore“, he launched in front of the press, while Éric Ciotti is given as favorite for the presidency of the party.

Accumulation of three jobs

In its edition of Wednesday, November 16, The chained Duck claimed that the ex-wife of the candidate for the presidency of the Republicans, Caroline Magne, had accumulated various jobs with the deputy or with political allies. “Éric Ciotti made the mother of his children work in Penelopesque conditions: she held up to three jobs at the same time“wrote the chained duck, in a reference to the wife of François Fillon, herself suspected of fictitious employment. “Ciotti also has his Penelope“, could we still read.

Caroline Magne would have worked as Christian Estrosi’s press attaché. In 2007, she became Éric Ciotti’s parliamentary attaché when he was elected to the Assembly, in addition to a job at the Departmental Council of the Alpes-Maritimes where she “expand their skillswhen her husband took over as president in 2008.

Parliamentary collaborator

According to the article, Caroline Magne would also have become deputy director of the mayor of Nice before joining the steering team of the urban community, exercising these responsibilities until 2011. In the Assembly, her contract ended in 2016 but she also, between 2014 and 2016, exercised responsibilities in the town of La Colle-sur-Loup, and had a job in the diocese of Nice between 2012 and 2014, according to thechained duck.

After the publication of this article, the deputy, candidate for the presidency of his party, said to himself “basely attacked“and explained that he had employed Caroline Magne as a parliamentary collaborator”very part time” and “in strict compliance with laws and regulations“.

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