The private television channel M6 broadcast a report in which, through a hidden camera, it shows an organizer of these dinners and parties admitting that members of the French executive had participated, although he had not identified them.
In a statement addressed to the AFP news agency by his lawyer, the organizer, identified by several media and Internet users as Pierre-Jean Chalençon, owner of one of the exclusive venues, the luxurious Palais Vivienne, implicitly acknowledged to be the source of information, but claimed that helped with “humor” and “sense of absurdity” when he said that ministers participated in these dinners and parties.
In the M6 channel report, the man, who presented himself as a collector, said he had dined this week at two or three “supposedly clandestine” restaurants with “several ministers”.
In a video released in February, Pierre-Jean Chalençon admitted that he was organizing lunches and dinners at his home with ‘chef’ Christophe Leroy.
French Government spokesman Gabriel Attal, mentioned in the video as one of the next participants in one of these dinners, was surprised by the video, published on the social network Twitter, and denied the presence of any member of the Government at these meals.
Speaking on behalf of all the ministers, the head of the Economy portfolio, Bruno Le Maire, advocated that “all ministers, without exception, respect the rules”.
Still, the French government has promised that there will be no impunity if ministers are confirmed at clandestine parties and dinners, as reported on television.
The case has already led the Paris Prosecutor’s Office to open an investigation, at a time when France is beginning its third confinement due to the increase in the number of cases of covid-19 and people hospitalized.
Since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, France has totaled 96,678 deaths by covid-19 among 4,822,470 cases of infection.
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