Former Minister Delegate for SMEs Alain Griset was sentenced on Wednesday by the Paris Court of Appeal to a four-month suspended prison sentence for having understated the value of his assets in his statement to the High Authority for the Transparency of Life. public (HATVP) in August 2020. The Paris Court of Appeal, which judged him for "incomplete or misleading declaration", also imposed a three-year suspended sentence of ineligibility on him.
At first instance, the former Minister Delegate for SMEs (July 2020-December 2021) had been sentenced to six months in prison suspended.
A PEA of 171,000 euros
In his August 2020 statement sent shortly after entering the government, Alain Griset did not report the holding of a stock savings plan (PEA) of 171,000 euros and "direct participations" in several companies such as la Française des jeux or Natixis.
During the appeal trial on October 24, the prosecution had requested a suspended six-month prison sentence and a suspended three-year ineligibility sentence, dismissing the "good faith" pleaded by the former minister and considering that he had "knowingly omitted » to declare certain assets.
This former taxi driver for more than thirty years had resigned from the government after his conviction at first instance by the Paris Criminal Court in December 2021.
At the end of June 2022, Alain Griset was also sentenced in Lille to a one-year suspended prison sentence and three years of ineligibility for having placed funds from a union he chaired in a personal PEA.
His lawyer then announced his intention to appeal.
Among the funds which earned this conviction for "breach of trust" and "forgery and use of forgery" were 130,000 euros which belonged to the National Confederation of Crafts, Trades and Services (Cnams) of the North, of which Mr. Griset made no mention in his statement to the HATVP.