France: Prosecutor to open investigation into French justice minister

A judicial investigation will be opened into an alleged conflict of interest on the part of Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti, the prosecutor attached to France’s highest civil court said on Friday.

Dupond-Moretti’s office declined to comment.

Dupond-Moretti was a celebrity lawyer and household name before he was named minister by President Emmanuel Macron in July with a brief to reform the justice system.

However, the biggest magistrates’ unions said he was biased against some judges after decades of work as a lawyer and unfit to preside over a revamp of the judiciary.

Weeks before his ministerial appointment, Dupond-Moretti alleged prosecutors at the financial crimes unit (PNF) had abused their powers by accessing his phone records, and those of other lawyers, as part of an investigation into alleged corruption by former President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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