McKinsey case: political parties, themselves taken in other scandals, react little

Investigations that affect varying degrees Political parties push them not to politicize the case, even after the opening of two judicial information by the PNF on the role of the cabinet in the presidential campaigns of Macron.

by Matthew Goar

The shadow of McKinsey continues to continue Emmanuel Macron. Thursday, November 24, the controversy has taken a new stage with the announcement by the National Financial Public Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) of the opening of two judicial information relating to the accounts and the intervention of consulting firms, in particular McKinsey, in the countryside of the President of the Republic in 2017 and 2022. The Elysée Palace did not immediately react. Then, after the publication of the first dispatches, the presidency sent a succinct message, explaining that it “read the communication from the national financial prosecutor’s office”. “It is up to justice to conduct these investigations independently,” concludes the Elysée. Having received the instructions to make a low profile while waiting to see how things evolve, the relatives of the President of the Republic have remained silent.

For the moment, oppositions do not seem to want to politicize this affair. Prompts to attack the head of state on his reforms, the three candidates for the presidency of the Les Républicains party, Eric Ciotti, Bruno Retailleau and Aurélien Pradié, did not react. This blow for Mr. Macron does not necessarily fall at the right time for the right. Two days ago, the PNF had indeed announced to open an investigation into the activities of Caroline Magne, the ex-wife of Mr. Ciotti, suspected among other things about embezzlement of public funds, after having accumulated several jobs for many years . Faced with this remake of the beginnings of the Penelope Fillon affair, which had marked the 2017 presidential campaign, his two opponents spared the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes, preferring to attack the PNF, Mr. Retailleau even evoking a “Watch -Aispens “.

The former presidential candidate Marine Le Pen did not directly attack the Head of State directly, leaving the deputy for the Somme Jean-Philippe Tanguy to write in a press release that Mr. Macron “did not Never given satisfactory explanations in the face of these suspicions of conflicts of permanent interests, multiplying lies and provocations “. While his party, the national rally (RN), has experienced multiple charges in the case of fictitious jobs of MEP assistants, the deputy for Pas-de-Calais was also often Taken at the PNF, accusing it in 2020 of having walked “at the foot all the rules of democracy and our constitution” at the time of the Fillon case.


Thursday, Jean -Luc Mélenchon and his troops, entangled this week in the management of the Adrien Quatennens affair -the Northern deputy is accused of domestic violence -, were rather silent, despite some tweets like that of the deputy From Val-de-Marne (La France Insoumise, LFI) Clémence watching for a “scandal”. The leader of LFI also attacked justice regularly, denouncing in June 2020 “political intrigues”, “in the case of Mr. Fillon and in [his] case”, to denounce the searches at the siege of LFI , in 2018, as part of surveys aimed at suspicion of fictitious jobs in the European Parliament and overcharging in campaign accounts of the 2017 presidential election.

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