July 1, 2022

Preliminary investigation opened into the use of public funds by Guillaume Peltier

After a Mediapart investigation, the Blois prosecutor’s office wants to verify the conditions of “the use of public funds by Mr. Guillaume Peltier”.

The public prosecutor “has decided to open a preliminary criminal investigation” in order to verify the conditions of “the use of public funds by Mr. Guillaume Peltier”, deputy of Loir-et-Cher, writes the Blois prosecution in a communicated on Monday.

This investigation was launched following revelations from Mediapart last November. She pointed to the use that the elected official was able to make of public money from the National Assembly or the Center-Val de Loire region at his service, for, in particular, “to run his micro-parties “.

“The service seized is the economic and financial division of the Research Section (SR) of Orleans which will carry out all the acts of useful investigations”, writes the parquet floor of Blois.

“Employees paid from public funds”

In its investigation, Mediapart writes for example that the two structures “Les Populaires” and “Les Amis de Guillaume Peltier” operated with “collaborators paid from public funds as part of the exercise of its various mandates”. Their mission was “the hunt for small members and major donors”, writes the media.

A survey of World in June had also revealed the fact that “the biggest donors” of the structures maintained by Guillaume Peltier “are entrepreneurs established in his constituency, and to whom he has sometimes rendered services”.

Mediapart underlines in its investigation that the deputy – who recently left Les Républicains to join the candidacy of Eric Zemmour – refused to answer precisely on these subjects.

The chosen one, on the other hand, reacted on Monday on Twitter, criticizing “political justice”: “With political justice, when you are on the right, 100% chance of being prosecuted by a prosecutor before an election. No one is fooled: it’s a maneuver, I had already filed a complaint for defamation. No political trial will silence us,” he wrote.

Salome Vincendon BFMTV journalist