Keyword: Aquilino Morelle

State inspectors urge President Hollande to hold official inquiry over sacked Elysée advisor

Three weeks after François Hollande's powerful advisor Aquilino Morelle was forced to quit the Elysée following Mediapart's allegations of a conflict of interest, the president is once more caught up in the affair. The leading trade union at the elite public watchdog where Morelle worked while also consulting for the pharmaceutical industry is frustrated at the lack of action from the state and has called on President Hollande to intervene and order a full official investigation. Some of the watchdog’s officials feel they need an inquiry to show they are above suspicion and “transparent” as an organisation. “Our credibility is at stake,” one inspector told Mediapart. Mathilde Mathieu and Michaël Hajdenberg report.

Hollande's special advisor quits after Mediapart revelations over 'conflict of interest'

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Aquilino Morelle quittant l'Elysée. © (dr) Aquilino Morelle quittant l'Elysée. © (dr)

President François Hollande's special advisor Aquilino Morelle dramatically quit his job on Friday after Mediapart published revelations about his conflict of interest while working as a government inspector. Morelle, a friend of current French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, carried out private consultancy work for a pharmaceutical company while working for France's public service inspectorate, the Inspection générale des affaires sociales (IGAS). Though Morelle insisted the work had been correctly declared at the time, both his former boss and IGAS itself say he was never given authorisation. The departure of a key figure from the presidential Elysée Palace over claims of an undeclared conflict of interest will be a major embarrassment for President Hollande who, during his 2012 election campaign, promised an “exemplary Republic” under his leadership. Michaël Hajdenberg reports.