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Close Hollande aide quits as he faces trial for fraud

By and Emmanuel Morisse
François Hollande et Faouzi Lamdaoui, au premier plan © Reuters François Hollande et Faouzi Lamdaoui, au premier plan © Reuters

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.

Close Hollande ally and advisor probed over 'tax fraud'

By and Emmanuel Morisse
François Hollande et Faouzi Lamdaoui, au premier plan © Reuters François Hollande et Faouzi Lamdaoui, au premier plan © Reuters

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.