Close Hollande ally and advisor probed over 'tax fraud'

By and Emmanuel Morisse

Faouzi Lamdaoui, one of François Hollande's advisors at the Elysée and a close ally of the president for many years, has been questioned by detectives investigating allegations of “misuse of company assets” and “tax fraud”. Lamdaoui, who advises the French head of state on diversity and equality issues, has denied any wrongdoing. Nonetheless, an investigation by Mediapart has shown that the advisor has been the shareholder, manager or director in a range of similar companies, two of which have been the target of legal proceedings. Lénaïg Bredoux and Emmanuel Morisse report.

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It is, perhaps, an unusual CV for a senior presidential aide. Media outlets, notably L’Express news magazine, have already revealed that Faouzi Lamdaoui, François Hollande's official advisor at the Elysée on equality and discrimination, has been questioned by fraud squad detectives investigating alleged “misuse of company funds” and “tax fraud” in relation to two companies he was connected with.