PARIS, 11 Sep. –
The president of the National Assembly of France, Richard Ferrand, is being formally investigated for alleged corruption in connection with a suspicious real estate operation dating back to 2011, during his time leading a medical insurance alliance in the Brittany region.
Ferrand, a close ally of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, has said in a statement that he will use the investigation to defend himself. He also stressed that he is sure that the case will be filed.
This same Wednesday, Ferrand has had to testify before the judge for said real estate operation since the Justice is examining whether he committed any crime by authorizing as director of Mutuelles de Bretagne the rental of commercial premises of which his partner owned. Ferrand has been interrogated in the town of Lille, according to information advanced by 'La Voix du Nord'.
An earlier investigation by the Prosecutor's Office was already filed in 2017, although Ferrand, who has always denied any irregularities, chose to resign from his position as Minister of Territorial Cohesion only one month after taking office.
The president of the Assembly has not spoken publicly about these new investigations. The government spokeswoman, Sibeth Ndiaye, also did not want to assess the case during the press conference after the Council of Ministers.