The president of the Anticor association, Jean-Christophe Picard, August 27, 2017 in Frangy-en-Bresse
The anti-corruption association Anticor Wednesday asks the prosecutor of Paris to open an investigation to „verify the transparency and integrity of the accounts“ of Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign, Benoît Hamon, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Marine Le Pen, in the heart of a media debate for several weeks.
The association accuses the leader of France Insoumise and the president of the former FN for „attempting to divert public money through reimbursements by the state campaign costs that had no other purpose than to serve their interest or the interest of their loved ones „, according to the complaint consulted by AFP to be filed during the day.
Anticor also blames the president „Emmanuel Macron and less importantly to Benoît Hamon to have benefited from rebates, discounts, discounts, reducing their campaign expenses“, in violation of the principle of equality between candidates that sanctions the code electoral. Discounts that could constitute „abuse of social goods“ for providers who have granted, believes Anticor.
Finally, the association asks to verify the „responsibility“ of the members of the National Commission of Campaign Accounts (CNCCFP). At issue: the acceptance of costs that should not have been, as claimed by a rapporteur who resigned, and the validation of discounts that constitute, for Anticor, financing by companies, which is illegal in France .
This complaint follows media investigations, including Mediapart, Le Monde and Radio France, accusing the current president’s campaign of having benefited from „broken prices“ and „hidden rebates“.
„The objective is to carry out a systemic analysis of party practices that use political financing sometimes for reasons unrelated to the campaign but also to point out the malfunctioning of the CNCCFP.“ All these dysfunctions affect democracy “ , told AFP Jerome Karsenti, Anticor’s lawyer.
„Justice must make it clear that overbilling or under-billing is legal, and the responsibilities of all the protagonists in these campaigns must be established,“ commented Jean-Christophe Picard, president of the association.
Regarding Macron’s successful campaign, Anticor is notably targeting the hiring of six meeting venues with discounts of around 36 to 75%, as well as large discounts for equipment rental and „under-invoicing“ of the campaign headquarters in Macron. the 15th arrondissement of Paris.
In a statement Sunday where she accused the press of „pinpoint pseudo-revelations“, The Republic Marche had justified these prices. According to her, the Bobino theater in Paris had already billed associations renting at 3,000 euros instead of 13,000 euros.
„The discounts possibly granted to associations can not be compared,“ says Anticor, seeing disguised donations of legal persons.
Regarding Benoît Hamon, Anticor denounces 310,000 euros of suspicious discounts pointed by an investigation of the magazine L’Obs.
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Friday, another association, the Republican Front of Intervention against Corruption (Fricc), announced its intention to file a complaint for „illegal financing of election campaign“, targeting Emmanuel Macron.
As regards the accounts of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, of which 434,939 euros of expenditure on 10.7 million declared were rejected by the commission, Anticor denounces „overbilling“ to the benefit of the company Mediascop chaired by Sophia Chikirou, its director of communication then.
His right-hand man, Alexis Corbière, is accused of „breach of trust“ for having charged media interventions „under the militant commitment“. For Anticor, the insubordinate France campaign has also abused the status of autoentrepreneur, synonymous with a potential offense of „bargaining“.
Marine Le Pen has seen for its part 873.576 euros of expenses reluctant by the commission, made up to 95% of the loans contracted from the FN and the micro-party of his father Jean-Marie. For Anticor, these loans hid an attempt to misappropriate public funds and breach of trust.
The complaint also notes that „among the 29 largest providers they are mainly companies belonging to cadres of the National Front or their families“.
Friday, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, whose campaign is covered by a prosecution investigation after a report from the CNCCFP, called for „review of all accounts“ of the 11 candidates.