Police watchdog targets Mediapart's sources over story that implicates President Macron

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In the spring of 2019 Mediapart journalist Pascale Pascariello revealed the lies told by a state prosecutor and President Emmanuel Macron himself over a case involving an activist in her 70s who was injured during a protest amid allegations of police violence. This week, on Tuesday 26th May, the reporter was questioned as a potential suspect by the police body which investigates police actions, the Inspection Générale de la Police Nationale (IGPN). The alleged offence is receiving information passed on as a result of a breach of professional confidentiality. As Mediapart's Fabrice Arfi writes, it is the fourth time in under 18 months that the legal system has targeted Mediapart's sources following investigations that have proved embarrassing for the government.

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Mediapart journalist Pascale Pascariello has been questioned as a potential suspect by officers from France's police watchdog who are investigating the policing of a March 2019 demonstration in which a 73-year-old woman was badly injured. Pascale Pascariello, who was questioned by a chief commissioner and a captain from the Inspection Générale de la Police Nationale (IGPN), has written a series of articles exposing the lies both of a state prosecutor and the president of the Republic Emmanuel Macron over the incident.