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Arrival of the Minister of Culture, Rachida Dati, at the Elysée Palace for the first council of ministers, in Paris, on January 12.

“An indictment is not a conviction. This does not mean guilt. » It is by recalling the “great principle of the presumption of innocence” that the brand new Prime Minister, Gabriel Attal, defended, Thursday January 11, on the set of TF1, the appointment as Minister of Culture of the mayor of sevene district of Paris, Rachida Dati.

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Contrary to the Bérégovoy-Balladur jurisprudence, which needed a minister implicated by the courts to be pressured to depart his place within the authorities, the thunderous arrival of Mme Dati Rue de Valois refers to his indictment, since July 2021, within the so-called “Carlos Ghosn” case, named after the previous CEO of Renault-Nissan, focused by two worldwide arrest warrants from French justice and on the run to Lebanon.

The prices in opposition to Mme Dati are critical: “passive corruption of an agent of a public international organization”, “passive influence peddling of an agent of a public international organization”, “concealment of abuse of power”, “concealment of abuse of trust “. And the judicial timetable risks accelerating. If the investigating chamber examines the question of the limitation period for the acts alleged against the minister, raised by her lawyers, the final indictment from the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office is expected before the end of March.

The investigating judges focus on the fees (900,000 euros excluding tax) paid, from 2010 to 2012, by Renault-Nissan BV (RNBV), a Dutch subsidiary of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, to Mme Dati. At that time, the latter was a Member of the European Parliament, and also a substitute member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and lobbying activities were prohibited in the European Parliament to avoid, in particular, conflicts of interest. interests.

“Strictly confidential” circumstances

Justice questions the legality and actuality of M’s workme Dati on behalf of the group’s subsidiary. In a price settlement dated October 28, 2019 addressed to Mr. Ghosn and signed, the elected official gives him her providers for “assist it, in legal and regulatory aspects, in determining the conduct of the international expansion policy of [son] group, particularly in the countries of the Middle East and the Maghreb ».

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In this document “strictly personal and confidential”,Mme Dati suggests “set remuneration on an annual flat rate basis” “of 300,000 euros excluding taxes, including 100,000 euros excluding taxes payable on the date of signing this as a provision”. “This remuneration corresponds to an availability of approximately three hundred hours per year”, can we learn on this settlement, which shall be renewed twice.

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