The former president of the UDI Jean-Christophe Lagarde, sentenced in December to two years of ineligibility for having provided a fictitious job to his mother-in-law, resigned from his last elective mandate, learned on Wednesday January 4 AFP from a source close to the file.
Since his defeat in the June legislative elections against the Insoumise Raquel Garrido, the 55-year-old former centrist parliamentarian (2002-2022) was only deputy mayor of Drancy, his stronghold of Seine-Saint-Denis today. today run by his wife, Aude Lagarde.
Jean-Christophe Lagarde did not appeal his ten-month suspended prison sentence handed down in early December by the Paris Criminal Court, making it final and applicable, AFP learned on Wednesday from sources close to the case and judicial.
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"Failure to set an example by an elected official"
Criticizing a "
failure to set an example by an elected
official ", the court declared him guilty of embezzlement of public funds for having paid Monique Escolier-Lavail, the mother of his wife, nearly 40,000 euros in wages for a fictitious contract of parliamentary assistant between May 2009 and August 2010. Contacted by AFP, Jean-Christophe Lagarde could not be reached immediately.
A figure on the right of Seine-Saint-Denis for twenty years, Jean-Christophe Lagarde has been greatly weakened in recent months by his legal troubles and the loss of his historic constituency.
Contested in the ranks of his party, he resigned on October 20 from the presidency of the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI), replaced by Senator Hervé Marseille.
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At the beginning of September, the ex-MP was also placed in police custody in the investigation into the false accusations, relayed by Le Point, targeting his legislative opponent Raquel Garrido and her husband Alexis Corbière.
He is not being prosecuted at this stage, but one of his former collaborators has been indicted in this case.