Police raid home of Lyon mayor and Macron mentor in embezzlement probe
Police raided Lyon City Hall and the mayor’s home on Wednesday as part of a corruption investigation that could prove embarrassing for Emmanuel Macron, the French president.
Financial prosecutors suspect that about €500,000 (£442,000) in public money may have been embezzled to benefit the ex-partner of Gérard Collomb, the mayor of Lyon, France’s third largest city.
Mr Collomb, 71, a former mentor of Mr Macron who served as his interior minister, denied any wrongdoing.
He suggested that information about the investigation had been leaked to damage his campaign for re-election next year.
The weekly newspaper, Le Canard Enchaîné, revealed the existence of the investigation hours before the police raids. Financial prosecutors suspect that the money went to the mayor’s former girlfriend, Meriem Nouri, the investigative paper reported.
Ms Nouri, who has held a series of jobs with the Lyon municipality over the years, also denied wrongdoing…….read more
Source: The Telegraph