“The Prime Minister reaffirmed yesterday all the confidence she had in me”, underlined the minister, adding that her indictment, since July 2021, and now her referral to this court had “never hindered (her) work “.

The CJR, the only body empowered to try members of the government for crimes or misdemeanors committed in the exercise of their mandate, ordered a trial against Eric Dupond-Moretti on Monday, a first for a Minister of Justice in office.

He is accused of having taken advantage of his position to settle accounts with magistrates whom he had opposed when he was a lawyer.

His lawyers Christophe Ingrain and Rémi Lorrain indicated that they had “immediately” lodged an appeal in cassation.

Asked by AFP, Matignon said Monday that the former tenor of the bars had “the full confidence of Prime Minister” Elisabeth Borne and that “the question of his continued government does not (arise)”.

“An appeal in cassation has been filed and I will assert a certain number of points of law. And if I had to be tried, I would say what I have to say, I am a litigant like any other”, added the minister on the sidelines of a trip to Paris.