Close Hollande aide quits as he faces trial for fraud

By and Emmanuel Morisse

Faouzi Lamdaoui, an advisor at the Elysée and a close ally of President François Hollande, has been summoned to appear before a criminal court on charges of  “misuse of company assets”, the “laundering of the proceeds of the misuse of company assets” and “forgery and the use of falsified documents”. The allegations relate to a complex network of companies with which Lamdaoui has been involved, as a manager, director or partner, as revealed by Mediapart earlier this year. His resignation, which follows the departures of other key Hollande allies, junior minister Kader Arif two weeks ago and special advisor Aquiluno Morelle in April, was announced in an Elysée press statement. Lénaïg Bredoux and Emmanuel Morisse report.

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President François Hollande's close ally and advisor on diversity, Faouzi Lamdaoui, has resigned after it was revealed that he is to stand trial on fraud charges. After several months of investigation the prosecution authorities in Paris have summoned Lamdaoui to appear before a criminal court on charges of  “misuse of company assets”, the “laundering of the proceeds of the misuse of company assets” and “forgery and use of falsified documents”.