Éric Dupond-Moretti was suspected of having used his position to try to obtain disciplinary sanctions against four magistrates who had investigated his clients when he was a lawyer. The Minister of Justice was finally acquitted by the Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR), the only judicial institution capable of judging a minister for acts committed in the exercise of his duties. In the event of a conviction, the man who was still nicknamed "Acquittator" risked his place in the government. This decision was quick to provoke a storm of reactions from the political class.
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In Macron, the acquittal is a breath of fresh air even though the Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt has been appearing since Monday before the Paris criminal court for "favoritism" and François Bayrou is awaiting the deliberation in the case of fictitious jobs of the MoDem. As soon as the acquittal was announced, Renaissance MP Mathieu Lefèvre declared himself "more than ever at the side" of the minister, later deploring that "Éric Dupond-Moretti's honour has been sullied by those who called for his resignation, far from the fundamental principle in democracy of the presumption of innocence".
"Jurisdiction between oneself", according to LFI
On the left, the Insoumise deputies expressed their indignation at the acquittal in a press release and demanded the "abolition of this systematically biased jurisdiction". "While the trial has relentlessly demonstrated his guilt, a majority of the parliamentary judges have opted for acquittal," denounced the LFI deputies, adding that "the retention of the Minister of Justice shows that the illegal taking of interests is a mode of government in Macronia". This is "an arm of honour to the idea of justice", LFI MP Ugo Bernalicis also told the press at the National Assembly. MEP Manon Aubry described it as "a political decision of the political tribunal where her friends sit", continuing: "These cases and this impunity shame France in front of Europe and the world". Thomas Ménagé, an RN deputy from the Loiret region, was more measured, saying that "this decision must be respected, but it does not detract from the harmful nature of the criminal policy it implements".
However, the Public Prosecutor's Office can appeal to the Court of Cassation by next Tuesday.