AA/Nice/Feiza Ben Mohamed
The former unofficial image advisor of the Macron couple, Michèle Marchand, known as “Mimi Marchand” was indicted for “witness bribery” and “criminal association with a view to committing an organized gang scam” in the context of the investigation into the alleged Libyan financing of Nicolas Sarkozy, according to information reported by the French press on Saturday.
It is placed under judicial control.
After almost 48 hours in police custody, the boss of the Bestimage photo agency was therefore presented to a judge who decided to indict her.
According to information from BFMTV, three other figures specializing in communication and image, will also be referred for possible indictment in the same case.
They are Arnaud de la Villesbrunne, former director of the Publicis agency, businessman Pierre Reynaud and Noël Dubus, an individual already convicted of fraud.
The investigators seek to establish the role that Mimi Marchand, could have played in particular in the change of version of the businessman Ziad Takieddine who until then accused Nicolas Sarkozy, of having benefited from hidden financing on behalf of Mouamar Gadhafi before retracting last November.
It was during a long interview with Paris Match that the Franco-Lebanese had ended, after years of precise accusations on the said Libyan financing, by making a radical change of version, accusing the magistrates in charge of the investigation, for forcing him to lie.
“Sarkozy did not touch a cent, cash or not, for the presidential election” he said in the columns of the magazine.
Searches were also carried out at Mimi Marchand’s home as well as at the journalist who conducted the interview.
The latter, however, was released quickly, without prosecution at this stage.
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