the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office opens an investigation for embezzlement of public funds

After the publication of articles according to which the ex-wife of Eric Ciotti would have accumulated several jobs in the Assembly, in Nice and in the department, a preliminary investigation was opened for embezzlement of public funds, announced, Tuesday, November 22 , the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF), confirming information from BFM-TV.

This investigation, also opened for breach of trust and concealment of these offences, “aims to verify the validity of the elements published in the press”said this source.

Last week, The chained Duck had affirmed that the former wife of the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes had accumulated various jobs with the deputy or political allies: press attaché of Christian Estrosi, she had in 2007 become parliamentary attaché of Eric Ciotti when he had been elected in the Assembly, in addition to a job with the departmental council of the Alpes Maritimes, where she “extends his skills” when her husband took over as president in 2008.

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The article also revealed that she had become deputy director to the mayor of Nice before joining the steering team of the urban community, exercising these responsibilities until 2011. At the Assembly, her contract ended in 2016 but she also, between 2014 and 2016, exercised responsibilities in the town of La Colle-sur-Loup, and had a job in the diocese of Nice between 2012 and 2014, still ensured the satirical weekly.

“In both cases, the accumulation of activity never exceeded forty-four hours per week”replied Mr. Ciotti in a press release, saying to himself “basely attacked” on the eve of the election for the presidency of the Republicans (LR) in early December. The MP explained that he employed Caroline Magne as a parliamentary assistant “very part-time” and “in strict compliance with laws and regulations”. His work “in constituency” reached “5:25 a week”, he assured. As for the one at the town hall of La Colle-sur-Loup, “the weekly working time has never exceeded nine hours per week”he specified.

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The World with AFP

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