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Rachida Dati Search Targeted

Paris Mayor Rachida Dati's office and residence were searched in the context of investigating his consultancy contracts with a Renault-Nissan subsidiary, AFP learns from a source close to the file, confirming information from the express .

These searches were carried out Tuesday at his home in Paris and at his mayor's office, on the initiative of investigating judges who resumed this summer's investigation initiated on May 31 by the office of the national prosecutor in this branch of the Carlos Ghosn case, according to this source.

The search, open for "abuse of social assets"AND"corruption"It deals with consulting services completed by Rachida Dati and criminologist Alain Bauer with the Dutch subsidiary of Renault-Nissan Alliance, RNBV, when Carlos Ghosn was still CEO of the auto group. It was triggered by a complaint lodged on April 17 by a Renault's shareholder against these three people and Carlos Ghosn's wife.

The complainant's lawyer, Jean-Paul Baduel, stated thatsuspiciousActivated "reckless use of Renault fundsBy your former CEO. "Contracts are doubtful in value, made in favor of a subsidiary without employeesHe had assured AFP.

She would have received 900,000 euros in fees

According to a source familiar with the matter, the former Justice Minister – who denies any wrongdoing – would have received 900,000 euros in attorney's fees between 2010 and 2012. Alain Bauer would have received one million euros between 2012 and 2016 for consultancy activities that He also advocates regularity.

When the express announced in mid-October that investigating judges had resumed the investigation, Rachida Dati's attorneys Mes Olivier Pardo and Hervé Lehman reported in a statement.scandalous amalgam"AND"destabilization attempt"."A few days before the decision"On the nomination of candidate LR for the city of Paris, wanted by Rachida Dati"the intention to harm is particularly evidentHis lawyers pointed.

The names of Rachida Dati and Alain Bauer were cited in an audit of Mazars, conducted at the request of Renault and Nissan to examine RNBV's disputed expenses, which are the subject of another judicial investigation of the Nanterre floor.

A 50-50 subsidiary between Renault and Nissan, RNBV was the structure created by Carlos Ghosn to incorporate the two manufacturers' alliance at the operational level. Investigators suspect this structure conceals contentious expenses, especially for Carlos Ghosn's personal benefit, currently awaiting trial in Japan for alleged wrongdoing.

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