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Paris prosecutors probing suspected irregularities in Macron trip to Las Vegas

A formal judicial inquiry has been opened into the organisation of a 2016 trip to the Consumer Electronics Show of then economy minister Emmanuel Macron.

world Updated: Jul 07, 2017 15:49 IST
President Emmanuel Macron,Las Vegas,Consumer Electronics Show
This file photo taken on January 7, 2016 shows then French economy minister Emmanuel Macron at the CES 2016 consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP)

The Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating suspected irregularities in the organisation of a high-profile trip to Las Vegas by President Emmanuel Macron when he was a French government minister.

The prosecutor’s office said a formal judicial inquiry was opened on Friday into the case after a preliminary anti-corruption probe into the organization of the 2016 trip to the Consumer Electronics Show.

The inquiry is for “favoritism” but does not name a suspected perpetrator yet, leaving it to investigators to determine later who might be at fault.

Macron was economy minister at the time and used the trip to promote French technology startups.

The company tasked with organizing the trip is believed to have won the contract without going through proper open tender procedures, among other suspected problems.

First Published: Jul 07, 2017 15:48 IST