Ally Of President Macron Targeted In French Corruption Probe

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French prosecutors have opened a probe into the past business activity of the speaker of the National Assembly, muddying efforts by President Emmanuel Macron to clean up politics in the wake of the yellow-vest crisis.

Investigators in the city of Lille are examining whether Richard Ferrand, who ran Mr. Macron’s presidential campaign, abused his role as an executive at Mutuelles de Bretagne in 2011, when the health insurer decided to rent a building from Mr. Ferrand’s girlfriend, the prosecutor’s office said Thursday. Prosecutors questioned Mr. Ferrand until late in the night Wednesday.

Mr. Ferrand is a close aide of Mr. Macron and was among the first lawmakers to join his new political party in 2016.

A previous probe targeting Mr. Ferrand’s time at Mutuelles de Bretagne was dismissed in 2017. The new probe was triggered by a complaint filed by an anticorruption group.

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