They were heard as part of the preliminary investigation opened for embezzlement of public funds, breach of trust and concealment of these offenses. Eric Ciotti and his ex-wife were heard in free hearing after the revelations on the cumulation of jobs of the latter, in particular as a parliamentary attaché, indicated this Monday to 20 minutes the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF), confirming information from RTL.
According to this source, the president of the Republicans, deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes, was received by investigators from Oclciff (Central Office for the Fight against Corruption and Financial Crimes) on December 13 and Caroline Magne on December 20. Solicited by 20 minutesthe entourage of Eric Ciotti did not wish to react.
Up to “eight times the hourly minimum wage” at the Assembly
The PNF had announced the opening of this preliminary investigation in November 2022, in the midst of the campaign for the presidency of LR, after an article by the chained duck. He revealed that Caroline Magne had accumulated jobs in the Assembly, in the city of Nice and in the Alpes-Maritimes department for almost ten years.
According to Release, his annual salaries reached up to 94,500 euros. And as a parliamentary attaché, she would have received up to “20,000 euros per year for 5.5 hours per week”, “eight times the hourly minimum wage at the time”.
Eric Ciotti had claimed to have employed his ex-wife as a “very part-time” collaborator and “in strict compliance with laws and regulations”.