Investigation opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office into the financing of the presidential campaign of Valérie Pécresse

Just resigned from his post as national secretary of Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV) after the opening of an internal investigation by his party against him for alleged facts of “psychological violence” on one of his ex -compagnies, the deputy of Paris Julien Bayou occupies, from now on, the news on another front.

Following a report made on April 19 by Mr. Bayou to the justice “as an elected regional representative of the Ile-de-France region”, the Paris prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation on Monday, September 26 “counts of embezzlement of public funds” targeting the presidential campaign of the candidate Les Républicains (LR) Valérie Pécresse, eliminated in the first round, where she obtained 4.8% of the vote. The investigations were entrusted to the brigade for the repression of economic crime (BRDE), specifies the prosecution.

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In his three-page report, revealed by Agence France-Presse and consulted by The worldMr. Bayou was targeting “ offenses of illegal financing of electoral campaigns, illegal financing of political parties, misuse of corporate assets and/or illegal taking of interests”.

“We are not aware of this procedureindicates the entourage of Mme Pécresse. All the rules were scrupulously respected. The Greens still use the same method of slanderous denunciation. »

“Complaint for slanderous denunciation”

Lawyer for the president of the Ile-de-France regional council, re-elected in June 2021 against Mr. Bayou, and member of his close guard during his presidential campaign, Thibault de Montbrial adds that « Mme Pécresse charged [s]we firm to prepare a complaint in slanderous denunciation. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that environmentalists have used this kind of method in their fight against the majority in Ile-de-France. »

In his report, Mr. Bayou is mainly based on the resignation, in March, of the regional councilor (LR) Babette de Rozières from the campaign team of Pécresse and his “special delegation for gastronomy” Due to “disagreements” with the candidate.

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In a letter dated March, de Rozières, from Guadeloupe, denounced the “mixture of genres between the regional president and the presidential candidate” et “the alleged lack of interest of the candidate for overseas, as well as the level of the campaign”. “Mme Pécresse had no program for the overseas territories and displayed a clear contempt for them. His campaign was above ground, it was a two-sided campaign, and I couldn’t condone that, “ she says today.

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