French National Assembly head Ferrand questioned by judges

French National Assembly head Ferrand questioned by judges
# 11 September 2019 19:58 (UTC +04:00)

French National Assembly president Richard Ferrand, a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron’s, was questioned on Wednesday by investigating judges over allegations of improper acquisition of interest, a source close to the probe said, APA reports citing Reuters.

A previous investigation by French public prosecutors into Ferrand’s financial dealings was dropped in late 2017. Ferrand, who had denied any wrongdoing, resigned as minister when that probe was ongoing.

A lawmaker, he now heads up Macron’s party in the lower house of parliament. The latest probe relates, like the last one, to Ferrand’s management of a medical insurance company in Brittany.

Ferrand’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Government spokesman Sibeth Ndiaye declined to comment at a weekly news conference on Wednesday when asked about the latest investigation.

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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED