He emerged free and without pursuit.
Placed in police custody on Tuesday morning, Bernard Laporte left the Financial Judicial Investigation Service (SEJF) at the end of the day.
The president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) was heard in the context of a preliminary investigation opened in August 2020 by the National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF) for suspicion of money laundering of aggravated tax fraud.
“It is a matter in which he finds himself implicated having been associated with rugby friends a long time ago.
He was neither accused of having defrauded nor of having received any sum, ”says one of his lawyers, Me Jean-Pierre Versini-Campinchi.
This case is not linked, according to several judicial sources, to the corruption case which earned him a two-year prison sentence and a 75,000 euro fine in December, a sentence which he appealed.