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Alexis Köhler, Secretary General of the Elysée, suspected of being involved in decisions regarding the ship owner MSC, linked to his family

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Secretary General of the Elysée Alexis Koller, accused of a crime “Illegal Interest Taking” In September, it is suspected that “Share” As a senior official, between 2009 and 2016, decisions related to the owner of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), linked to his family, according to the elements of his questioning learned by AFP on Tuesday, 29 November.

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According to these elements, the investigating judges accuse him of committing crimes “Share” Between 2009 and 2012, as Director, he has been on eight deliberations of the governing bodies of STX France (now Chantiers de l’Atlantique) and Grand Port Maritime du Havre (GPMH), both associated with MSC. Then they pointed out that between 2012 and 2016 at Bercy, in the offices of Pierre Moscovici and then Emmanuel Macron, he was particularly “continue […] To express opinions or give strategic directions related to » With cases involving MSC.

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However, Alexis Kohler’s mother is a cousin of Rafaëla Aponte, wife of group founder Gianluigi Aponte, a family bond ” basic “ But for “fifth degree”And the “far”Defend the person concerned before the judges.

An “unofficial” transfer of an MSC file

The case arose following articles from Mediapart in May 2018. A judicial investigation was opened in June 2020. To date, at least fifty hearings and ten searches have taken place.

In front of the judges, the Secretary General of the Elysée indicated from the outset that he had done so Not considered to be in conflict of interest. But ironically, he will do it all, From November 2008to be away from the MSC folder.

He states that he was not involved in any decision regarding the group, at the time STX-GPMH; having informed the hierarchy of his family ties; After he asked to leave his term as Director of STX; And after she expressed in her vote in the Board of Directors the position of the state, not her own.

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When he was at Bercy, he said he organized the migration of the MSC file “unofficial”with Pierre Moscovici (2012-2014) and then trans ” message “ With Emmanuel Macron (2014-2016). The judges point out that they did not find fault “There is no writing or memorandum from the State Holding Agency, the Treasury Department, or the Ministry stating that there is a family connection to the Aponte family.” Or organizing this marginalization of the MSC file between 2010 and 2016.

“shocked and indignant”

At the end of fifteen hours of questioning, Alexis Koehler A “Discussion on the degree of formality” To warn about being migrated from MSC files, but he told himself nonetheless “shocked and indignant” affiliate ” Doubted “ for him ” safety “. He was charged “Illegal Interest Taking”Witness L. assisted “negative influence peddling”.

On Tuesday, AFP asked his lawyer not to respond and the Elysee confirmed “Unable to comment on the ongoing investigation”. “We can congratulate ourselves that justice is moving forward and doing its job, even if it is a shame that it has taken so long.”Anticore’s attorney, Mr.e Jean-Baptiste Sofron.

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