Patrick Buisson and Pierre Giacometti, two former advisers of Nicolas Sarkozy, were heard Wednesday by the police in the investigation of the surveys of the Elysee, did was learned from sources close to the case, confirming a report of Europe 1. Both men were interviewed by investigators from the Brigade of repression of Economic Crimes (OERD). According to Europe 1, Pierre Giacometti was reportedly taken into custody while Patrick Buisson would have gone the way of the investigating judge’s office for questioning as an assisted witness.
The survey, conducted by a judge of the financial center, is about the regularity of the contracts concluded under the five-year period between Sarkozy Elysee and nine research institutes, including the company Publifact Patrick Buisson and that of Pierre Giacometti Giacometti-Peron. Six former employees of Nicolas Sarkozy, whose Claude Gueant Xavier Musca and which had succeeded to the post of Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, and Emmanuelle Mignon, former Nicolas Sarkozy’s chief of staff, were heard early June in that folder. No indictment had been issued after the custody.
Surveys for more than € 9,000,000
The controversy began in 2009, after the publication of a report by the Court of Auditors severely pinned an agreement signed on 1 June 2007 between the Elysee and the firm of Patrick Buisson “a cost of around 1.5 million euros.”
The association against the corruption Anticor had complained in February 2010. She had obtained only in late 2012, the price of a long procedural battle, the Serge Tournaire judge to investigate alleged acts of favoritism and misuse of public funds. Subsequently, investigations were extended to all consulting contracts or surveys commissioned during Sarkozy five years, amounted to over 9 million in subsequent complaint Anticor.