While the first preliminary inquiry had been closed without investigation by the public Prosecutor national financial in August 2019, a judicial investigation into Alexis Kohler, the general secretary of the Elysée, who is suspected of conflict of interest because of its links with the ship-owner MSC, has been opened Monday. The co-investigating judges will resume the investigation following a complaint from Anticor, the association of anti-corruption.
The case of Alexis Kohler has made a comeback Tuesday, June 23, following the revelation by Mediapart on a note written by Emmanuel Macron not to deprive of Alexis Kohler as "a normal and legitimate rights of the defence," said the spokesman of the government Sibeth Ndiaye Wednesday, June 24. "In any case, the president of the Republic is the guarantor of the independence of the judiciary, does not intervene in the course of judicial proceedings," added Sibeth Ndiaye.
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" The lawyer of Mr. Kohler has produced in July 2019, in the framework of the preliminary investigation during the prosecution of the national financial and in the normal exercise of the rights of the defence of his client, of notes of different superiors, to whom the interested party, Alexis Kohler, indicated by the particular situation in which it was vis-à-vis MSC, " explained Sibeth Ndiaye.
"It is in this framework [...] that Emmanuel Macron has made a note factual bearing on the exercise by Alexis Kohler of its functions within the ministry of the Economy," added the spokesman, stressing that it has ba qualities of the former minister of the Economy and, therefore, superior to Alexis Kohler, who was then his chief of staff ". "This mail was written on a document free non-head of the presidency of the Republic in order to avoid any confusion ", she said.