French Minister of Justice François Bayrou and European Affairs Minister Marielle de Sarnez have announced their resignation following a preliminary investigation into the Democratic Movement (MoDem), alleging “an abuse of trust “.
Bayrou has announced his resignation to the AFP news agency, a resignation that has subsequently confirmed the French government. The research open to the party presided by Bayrou analyzes the employment of collaborators hired as advisors in the European Parliament.
These allegations of fictitious jobs prompted Defense Minister Sylvie Goulard, a member of MoDem, to announce she will not be part of the new cabinet because she has been asked to do so by the premier.
According to a survey, 57 percent of French citizens do not want François Bayrou to continue as minister in the next government to be named by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, after the victory of his formation The Republic On March, in the legislative elections, in which was done with the absolute majority of the seats of the National Assembly.
On 9 June, the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office announced the opening of a preliminary investigation to determine whether MoDem has paid employees by passing them on as assistants to Members of the European Parliament. MoDem is led by François Bayrou, current Minister of Justice and champion of Emmanuel Macron in his career towards the Elysée.
The prosecution’s intervention for “breach of trust” and “suspicion of this crime” came after a former MoDem worker reported that he was working for the party although he was supposed to be a parliamentary assistant to former MEP Jean- Luc Bennahmias, who left the political party in 2013.
The investigation has also called into question Bayrou himself, especially after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said that any minister who is placed under a formal investigation will have to leave the cabinet.
Speaking to BFMTV and RMC on Tuesday, Philippe said there is “no problem” that Bayrou will remain in the new cabinet despite the investigation into his party, while he has not ruled out other members of Los Republicans, the center-right party from which he himself proceeds and which is the second force in the National Assembly.