US News: France: Several surveys on the role of consulting firms during the 2017 and 2022

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The French National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF) commented information from the newspaper Le Parisien, this Thursday, November 24. Two judicial information was opened at the end of October, he said, one "on the conditions of intervention of consulting firms in the electoral campaigns of 2017 and 2022", the other on suspicions of "favoritism" in this file. It is from Emmanuel Macron that it is a question.

After the preliminary investigation opened on March 31, 2022, "of the aggravated whitening chief of aggravated tax fraud targeting the McKinsey group", the public public prosecutor Jean-François Bohnert announces the opening of two judicial information, the 20 and October 21, in this file.

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The first door "on the conditions of intervention of consulting firms in the 2017 and 2022 electoral campaigns", and more specifically on chiefs, in particular, "non -compliant outfit of campaign accounts and lining of accounting elements in a campaign account ”.

The second information relates to suspicions of "favoritism" and "concealment of favoritism" concerning them; It follows from several complaints filed by associations and elected officials, specifies the public public prosecutor in a press release published on the PNF Twitter account.

During the last presidential election, on March 16, a report by the Senate had aroused strong controversy by leaning over the use of public funds in terms of consulting firms. The opposition had claimed an investigation into a possible favoritism of the Macronist majority in favor of McKinsey.

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It is following an article in the daily Le Parisien, entitled "McKinsey affair: Emmanuel Macron targeted by an investigation For illegal campaign funding ", which the PNF published its press release this Thursday to" clarify the situation of various criminal procedures "initiated after the Senate report.

In its report of March 16, the Senate commission of inquiry on the influence of private consulting firms on public policies, under the leadership of the CRCE group with a communist majority, assured that the contracts between the State and several Cabinets had "more than doubled" between 2018 and 2021.

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in line: the McKinsey group. According to the Mediapart information site, some members of this US consulting firm may have worked free of charge during the victorious campaign of Emmanuel Macron in 2017, in addition to a possible tax assembly of the French entities of McKinsey.

The Senate report was indeed worried about the fact that the cabinet could, moreover, not have paid the slightest tax in France between the years 2011 and 2020. The preliminary survey of March 31 in fact gave rise to a search at the French headquarters of the McKinsey company on May 24.

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for the time being, the Presidency of the Republic refused on Thursday to any comments.

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