Uber files: fact-finding mission, parliamentary commission… the opposition is preparing the response to Macron

Alexandre Chauveau, edited by Thibault Nadal
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06:22, July 12, 2022

The opposition, on the left and at the RN, raised their voices on Monday after the revelation by the press of privileged exchanges between Uber and Emmanuel Macron when he was at Bercy, now summoning the president to explain himself. The Nupes wants a parliamentary commission of inquiry, while the RN asks for a fact-finding mission.

The reactions are linked after the revelations of several international media on the links between Uber and Emmanuel Macron, when the latter was Minister of the Economy in 2014. The RN, him, requests an information mission, while the Nupes claims a parliamentary commission of inquiry.

Macron protected by his presidential immunity

The commission of inquiry is a procedure that brings together up to 30 deputies, from all political groups, and launched for a maximum of 6 months, in the Senate or the Assembly. It allows parliamentarians to hear the actors in a case, and to have access to a whole series of documents. The people summoned are obliged to go there, under police duress if necessary, and testify under oath.

As part of the Uber Files, the deputies could thus summon the leaders of the American company. The head of state could not, however, be heard, given his presidential immunity. If criminal facts are discovered, they can be transmitted to Justice, otherwise, the prosecution can be directly seized.

The serene executive in the face of revelations

For the fact-finding mission requested by the RN, it would simply be a kind of follow-up right to the parliamentary commission of inquiry into the Alstom affair. The National Rally believes that the two cases are linked, and that they illustrate Emmanuel Macron’s action in favor of private and foreign interests.

For its part, the executive says it is “serene” and qualifies the investigation as “non business”.

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