the Minister of Health Agnès Firmin Le Bodo was heard on Tuesday by investigators | EUROtoday

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French Minister of Health, Agnès Firmin Le Bodo, speaks during a question session to the government at the National Assembly, December 20, 2023.

While the announcement of the composition of the brand new authorities can’t be lengthy in coming, the present Minister of Health, Agnès Firmin Le Bodo, was heard on Tuesday by the courts as a part of the judicial investigation opened after she obtained as a pharmacist, presents from Urgo laboratories price 20,000 euros, the Rouen prosecutor advised Agence France-Presse on Wednesday January 10.

The latter was heard within the premises of the regional directorate of the financial system, employment, work and solidarity (Dreets) of Rouen by investigators from the judicial police and the repression of fraud (DGCCRF) chargeable for investigations, declared the general public prosecutor of Le Havre, Bruno Dieudonné, which confirms data from BFM-TV which first talked about the free listening to of the minister, late Wednesday afternoon.

The minister is the topic of a judicial investigation for having obtained, as a pharmacist in Le Havre between 2015 and 2020, presents from Urgo laboratories for a complete worth of 20,000 euros in response to Mediapartwho revealed the affair in December.

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“There is no conflict of interest, no benefit in kind, no gift, there are commercial negotiations”the minister defended herself a couple of days later, concerning this affair revealed shortly after her appointment as head of the ministry to interchange Aurélien Rousseau after his resignation.

At the fabric time, the presents had been supplied by Urgo to pharmacists in trade for a waiver of a industrial low cost from the laboratory to the pharmacy. This follow, prohibited, involved a lot of pharmacists. The laboratory was thus sentenced in January 2023 to a nice of 1.125 million euros – together with 625,000 euros suspended – by the Dijon prison court docket, after an investigation by the DGCCRF.

According to skilled sources, the DGCCRF is investigating all pharmacists who accepted these presents (watches, magnums of champagne, forged iron casserole dish, weekend containers, and so on.). Agnès Firmin Le Bodo, till then deputy minister chargeable for territorial group and well being professions, was appointed interim minister of well being on December 20 after the resignation of Aurélien Rousseau for disagreement over the “immigration” legislation.

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The World with AFP