France: A second minister pinned by justice

After the French Minister of Justice, it is the turn of the Minister of Overseas Territories, Sébastien Lecornu, to have trouble with the law. An investigation was opened against the Minister for “illegal taking of interests” and “failure to report to the High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life”.

According to French media which revealed the case, Sébastien Lecornu, this case was entrusted to the Central Office for the Fight against Corruption and Financial and Tax Offenses (OCLCIFF).
It concerns the activities of the minister when he was head of the Eure department and the board of directors of the Société des autoroutes Paris Normandie (SAPN) between July 2016 and June 2017.

In his declaration of interests of September 2020 to the High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life (HATVP), the current minister claimed to have received a total of 7,874 euros gross of “attendance fees” for his activity as a director of the Société des autoroutes Paris Normandie (SAPN).

According to Liberation and the Canard enchainé, Mr. Lecornu who was at the same time president of the department of Eure approved several deliberations of the community relating to this company of highways, including at least 4 counted by the press.

“This mandate was exercised by Sébastien Lecornu in a completely transparent way, being the subject of classic legal publications and a declaration to the HATVP”, declared the minister’s office requested by the Afp.

And to add, that “when in 2005 the highways were granted by the State to private operators, it was necessary to maintain (…) close links with the public authorities” and “as such, the departments of Calvados, Seine-Maritime and Eure are minority shareholders of SAPN and, therefore, participate in the general meeting ”.

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