French probe opened into 2016 Vegas trip by Macron
Paris prosecutors have opened a probe into possible favouritism over the organisation of a 2016 event in Las Vegas where then economy minister Emmanuel Macron was the main speaker, a judicial source said Tuesday.
The glitzy event at the CES electronics fair was organised without a public tender by a unit within the economy ministry, which was then headed by Macron before he left the government to launch a bid for the French presidency.
Public relations giant Havas was chosen to organise the January 2016 event, which cost nearly 400,000 euros ($425,000), without bids being sought from other companies.
An aide to Macron, who has denied any wrongdoing, told AFP that the investigation would look into Business France, the unit within the ministry tasked with organising the event.
“It’s in no way a story about Macron,” he said.
Several of Macron’s economy ministry colleagues formerly worked at Havas.
Polls currently suggest Macron, an independent running for office for the first time, would win the two-stage presidential election scheduled for April 23 and May 7.