French judge drops embezzlement case against Sylvie Goulard

French judge drops embezzlement case against Sylvie Goulard
Опубликовано: Thursday, 09 March 2023 15:12

Goulard was President Emmanuel Macron’s top pick for French commissioner in 2019, but the European Parliament rejected her appointment.

PARIS — A French judge dropped a case Thursday against former French minister and ex-MEP Sylvie Goulard involving misuse of public funds, AFP reported citing people close to the matter.

Back in 2019, Goulard was French President Emmanuel Macron’s top pick as EU commissioner, but the European Parliament rejected her appointment following two parliamentary hearings in which she faced questions on allegations that she used a European Parliament assistant for domestic political work. Her work for a U.S. think tank as well as the size of her portfolio were also called into question.

At that time, several MEPs cited “integrity” and “ethical aspects” as reasons to reject her as a potential commissioner. Others suspected that the European People’s Party (EPP) wanted to exact revenge on Macron after he torpedoed EPP group leader Manfred Weber’s campaign for the European Commission presidency.

After Goulard’s rejection, Macron backed Thierry Breton, who became EU Internal Market Commissioner.

Goulard didn’t immediately respond to POLITICO’s request for comment.

Eleven others, including former MEP and Macron’s ally François Bayrou, will face a criminal trial, AFP said.

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