According to the newspaper Le Parisien, French President Macron is being investigated for his relations with the consultancy firm McKinsey
French President Emmanuel Macron is under investigation for favoritism and illicit financing. The newspaper reports it Le Parisienwhich specifies how the disputes against the French president refer to the electoral campaigns of 2017 and 2022. More specifically, the investigation by the national financial prosecutor focuses on the relationship between Macron and the consulting firm McKinsey.
Two strands of inquiry into Macron
The first preliminary investigation, as reported by the French newspaper, would have been opened last March on the society McKinsey on charges of tax fraud. Two other strands started from this investigation, opened towards the end of October. One for “non-compliant keeping of country accounts and understatement of accounting elements” and the second for “favoritism and concealment of favouritism”.
In essence, the relations between McKinsey’s consultants and then-presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron are in the sights of the magistrates.
The relationship between Emmanuel Macron and the McKinsey company
There is also one of the judges who conducted the investigation into Macron Serge Tournairewho had previously investigated former premier François Fillon regarding his wife’s fictitious jobs and then the Bygmalion case, which involved the former president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Despite being protected by the immunity guaranteed by his mandate, which expires in 2027, the news of the investigation represents a headache for Macron, who already last spring had to defend himself against accusations of favoritism against McKinsey.
Between 2018 and 2021, the value of contracts between the French state and consultancy firms (including McKinsey) more than doubled.
Emmanuel Macron during the last electoral campaign
Investigation on Macron, the comment of the Elysium
During the pandemic McKinsey had been involved in management by the French government and the president of the region Hauts-de-France he had hypothesized “a favorable treatment towards McKinsey”.
An accusation promptly denied by Macron himself, who had spoken of false suspicions.
Lapidary the comment of the Elysee on the investigation unveiled by Le Parisien: “Justice must investigate in complete independence”.