Why probe into key Macron ally Richard Ferrand may not yet be over

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When prosecutors announced in October 2017 that they were not pursuing an investigation into the financial allegations surrounding Richard Ferrand, who is now president of Emmanuel Macron's political party at the National Assembly, it seemed the end of the matter. However, an analysis of the preliminary investigation report by Mediapart shows that from start to finish Ferrand looked after his partner's interests in a property deal with a mutual health firm, even though he was managing director of that company at the time. Now anti-corruption groups are calling for an independent judge to re-open the case and investigate. Mathilde Mathieu reports.

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When on October 13th this year the prosecution authorities announced that they were no longer pursuing a preliminary investigation into his financial background, Richard Ferrand, an MP and close ally of President Emmanuel Macron, was quick to celebrate the news. “I've always insisted that I did nothing illegal or immoral: the justice system has acknowledged this,” he declared. But the prosecutor in Brest in the west of France awarded no prizes for morality to the former socialist MP who became one of Macron's close allies and is now head of the Parliamentary group of the president's party La République en Marche (LREM). Apart from the fact that this is not the prosecutor's job, it would have been hard to have done so anyway.