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Emmanuel Macron says he doesn’t believe he is ‘at the heart of the investigation’ into 2017 and 2022 campaign finance

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Emmanuel Macron judged ” normal “, Friday, November 25, let justice do its job in the McKinsey case, named after an American consulting firm, which is now expanding to its 2017 and 2022 election campaigns.

“I fear nothing and (…) I believe that the heart of the investigation is not your servant”said the president, during 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 shed light on this subject. »

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The National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) confirmed on Thursday the opening of two judicial inquiries in October for “non-compliant keeping of campaign accounts” and “favoritism and concealment of favouritism” during Emmanuel Macron’s two successful election campaigns, in 2017 and 2022, under the so-called “McKinsey” procedure. The Presidency of the Republic estimated Thursday that it was up to justice to conduct these investigations “completely independent”.

In the shadow of many decisions

In February 2021, “M Le Magazine du Monde” revealed in a survey the power of this consulting firm in the shadow of many macronie decisions, from the creation of En Marche to the vaccine strategy against Covid. -19. This investigation revealed in particular the voluntary participation of several McKinsey executives in Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign in 2016-2017, starting with Karim Tadjeddine, head of the branch. ” public sector “ from the American firm.

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In February 2022, a Senate inquiry committee then wondered on a mission entrusted by Emmanuel Macron to McKinsey after his election: the organization of the Tech for Good summits, which saw the digital bosses parade at the Elysée. If the firm intervened for free on this project, it then used it as a commercial argument in its application file for a major public call for tenders on consulting assignments, which it won.

The senatorial report also revealed that the French branch of McKinsey had not paid any tax in France for ten years thanks to an advantageous tax arrangement.

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