The president of the Republicans Éric Ciotti and his ex-wife Caroline Magne were heard in free hearing in December in the investigation into the holding of jobs of the latter, indicated Monday the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF), confirming information from RTL. Éric Ciotti was heard on December 13 and Caroline Magne on December 20, according to this source. Another source confirmed these hearings. Contacted by AFP, the president of LR did not wish to comment. His ex-wife was unreachable.
Preliminary investigation opened in the midst of an internal campaign
The PNF had opened in November, in the middle of the campaign for the presidency of LR, a preliminary investigation for embezzlement of public funds, breach of trust and concealment of these offenses after the publication of articles according to which the ex-wife of Eric Ciotti would have accumulated several jobs in the Assembly, in Nice and in the Alpes-Maritimes department, for nearly ten years.
According to the chained Duckshe would have accumulated various jobs with the deputy or with political allies: press attaché to Christian Estrosi, in 2007 she became parliamentary attaché to Éric Ciotti when he was elected to the Assembly, in addition to a job at the Departmental Council of the Alpes-Maritimes where she “extends her skills” when her husband takes over as president in 2008.
“Part-time” employee, said Ciotti
The article also revealed that she had become deputy director at the town hall of Nice before joining the steering team of the urban community, exercising these responsibilities until 2011. At the Assembly, her contract ended in 2016 but she also, between 2014 and 2016, exercised responsibilities in the town of La Colle-sur-Loup, and had a job in the diocese of Nice between 2012 and 2014, according to the chained Duck.
The diocese had denied in November, assuring AFP that Caroline Magne had “occupied a job in a Catholic education establishment in the Alpes-Maritimes”. After the publication of this article, Éric Ciotti explained that he had employed Caroline Magne as a “very part-time” parliamentary assistant and “in strict compliance with laws and regulations”.