Emmanuel Macron is dealing with a second employees scandal following reviews his chauffeur fled police after being caught rushing.
The motive force, named solely as Stéphane P, was allegedly on the wheel of a automotive from the Élysée fleet, heading in direction of Versailles, when it was flashed apparently exceeding the pace restrict by officers at Saint-Cloud outdoors Paris.
Police say the car refused to cease however an officer famous the car quantity plate and the automotive was traced again to the presidential palace.
The motive force, who has been formally accused of “refusal to conform” with police directions, was recognized in February. It was reported he was not on official obligation on the time and is not working as a presidential chauffeur however is alleged to have been given one other job on the Élysée after a 20-day suspension.
Élysée officers have refused to touch upon the case, reported by the investigative web site Mediapart, saying a choice on the driving force’s future can be taken as soon as he’s judged. The listening to is predicted in January 2020 when he faces a most three-month jail sentence and a nice of as much as €3,750 if convicted.
The incident is a second embarrassment for Macron, whose Élysée safety officer Alexandre Benalla was sacked after he was filmed illegally sporting a police armband and beating up a Might Day protester on the fringes of an indication a 12 months in the past.
Benalla was finally sacked, however solely after the affair grew to become public – once more revealed by Mediapart – amid accusations the Élysée had tried to cowl up the scandal. Benalla has since been charged with illegally utilizing diplomatic passports in a separate investigation.
The Élysée insisted Lavergne’s departure was nothing to do with the scandal and was a promotion.