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Suspicion of "illegal taking of interests": Minister Sébastien Lecornu questioned by investigators


The police are investigating decisions passed by the current Minister of Overseas Territories when he was chairman of the Departmental Council.

Sébastien Lecornu, the Minister of Overseas Territories, was heard by the anti-corruption police on April 15, reveals the Mediapart site.

Investigators wanted to know more about his past activities at the head of the Eure department, the subject of an investigation by the national financial prosecutor's office for “illegal taking of interests”.

The minister was heard at a free suspect hearing by the police officers of the Central Office for the Fight against Corruption and Financial and Tax Offenses (OCLCIFF), responsible for this investigation opened in March 2019.

Elected and administrator at SPAN

The facts go back to the time when the current Minister of Overseas Territories combined the functions of president of the departmental council of Eure and a position of administrator of the Société des autoroutes Paris-Normandie (SPAN). The former senator declared to have received attendance fees for a total of 7,874 euros gross corresponding to his activities as administrator of the SPAN, for the years 2016 and 2017. Le Canard enchaîné had indicated that the person concerned had approved, as elected, several deliberations in connection with the SAPN.

At the beginning of the year, when this affair was revealed, the office of the Minister for Overseas France had indicated that "this mandate was exercised by Sébastien Lecornu in a completely transparent manner, being the subject of classic legal publications. and a declaration to the HATVP ”. “Sébastien Lecornu quite simply pursued a historic practice, following his election, by sitting for a year on the SAPN Board,” he added.

Source: leparis

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