It's a family affair: probe into Macron ally Gérard Collomb

By Nicolas Barriquand et Mathieu Périsse (Mediacités-Lyon)

The mayor of France's third largest city Lyon, former interior minister and key ally of President Emmanuel Macron, Gérard Collomb, faces a preliminary investigation for possible “misappropriation of public money” linked to city council jobs held by his former partner. One constant factor in the career of this powerful politician is that Gerard Collomb's partners have always worked close at hand. Nicolas Barriquand and Mathieu Périss from online journal and Mediapart partner Mediacités report.

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The mayor of France's third most populous city, Lyon, the former minister of the interior and a key ally and supporter of President Emmanuel Macron, Gérard Collomb, is facing an investigation over claims of misuse of public funds. On the morning of Wednesday June 5th detectives searched the main offices at city hall and Collomb's home in the city's 5th arrondissement or district according to Le Parisien newspaper. The raid by officers from the anti corruption and fraud unit the Office Central de Lutte Contre la Corruption et les Infractions Financières et Fiscales (OCLCIFF) came on the same day that the investigative magazine Le Canard Enchaîné revealed that France's financial crimes prosecution unit, the Parquet National Financier (PNF), had opened an investigation over possible misappropriation of public money.