This investigation, also opened for breach of trust and concealment of these offenses, “aims to verify the validity of the elements published in the press”, specified this source.

In its edition last Wednesday, the Canard enchaîné affirmed that the former wife of deputy LR Éric Ciotti, Caroline Magne, had accumulated various jobs with the deputy or political allies: press secretary of Christian Estrosi, she is in 2007 became Éric Ciotti’s parliamentary attaché when he was elected to the Assembly, in addition to a job at the Alpes-Maritimes Departmental Council where she “extended her skills” when her husband took over as president in 2008.

The article also reveals that she became deputy director of the mayor of Nice before joining the steering team of the urban community, exercising these responsibilities until 2011.

At the Assembly, her contract ended in 2016 but she also, between 2014 and 2016, exercised responsibilities in the town of La Colle-sur-Loup, and had a job in the diocese of Nice between 2012 and 2014, according to the Chained duck.

After the publication of this article, the deputy, candidate for the presidency of his party, said he was “basely attacked” and explained that he had employed Caroline Magne as a parliamentary collaborator “on a very part-time basis” and “in strict compliance with the laws and regulations”.