France's National Assembly leader put under investigation in graft probe

France's National Assembly leader put under investigation in graft probe

FILE PHOTO - President of the French National Assembly Richard Ferrand attends the official launch
FILE PHOTO - President of the French National Assembly Richard Ferrand attends the official launch of the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly in Paris, France, March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

PARIS: French National Assembly President Richard Ferrand, a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron, was put under formal investigation on Wednesday (Sep 11) in a financial impropriety case, the assembly said.

In statement on Thursday it said that Ferrand, who denies any wrongdoing, would use the procedure to defend himself and was confident the case would be dropped.

Under French law, being put under formal investigation means there is "serious or consistent evidence" that points to probable involvement of a suspect in a crime.

It is a step toward a trial, but many investigations have been dropped without going to court.

Source: Reuters/nc

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