Former UDI deputy Jean-Christophe Lagarde, one of his former collaborators and a police officer are in police custody as part of the investigation into the false accusations of the Point having targeted the couple of deputies LFI Raquel Garrido and Alexis Corbière. Back on this case started last June.
Three men have been taken into custody as part of the investigation into the false accusations of the Point having targeted the deputies LFI Alexis Corbière and Raquel Garrido last June. Among them, the boss of the UDI and former deputy of Seine-Saint-Denis Jean-Christophe Lagarde, arrested at his home on Wednesday September 7, according to The Parisian which obtained confirmation from the Paris prosecutor’s office. Back to this case.
Who are the three men taken into custody?
Jean-Christophe Lagarde is patron of the UDI and deputy mayor of Drancy. The former deputy for the 5th constituency of Seine-Saint-Denis was beaten by Raquel Garrido in the legislative elections of June 2022
A policeman, Anouar Bouhadjela, known as Noam Anouar, was taken into custody on Tuesday, a source close to the case told AFP, confirmed by the Paris prosecutor’s office. This policeman is seconded to the town hall of Drancy, former stronghold of Jean-Christophe Lagarde led since 2017 by his wife Aude Lavail-Lagarde.
A third man, a former collaborator of Jean-Christophe Lagarde, was also placed in police custody on Tuesday, according to the close source. Both hearings were extended and were still ongoing on Wednesday, the source said.
False accusations about a cleaning lady
In June, just after the second round of legislative elections, the weekly Point had published online an article signed by the journalist Aziz Zemouri unduly accusing the Corbière-Garrido couple of having exploited an undocumented cleaning lady, which the two elected officials had immediately denied firmly: “everything is false”, they had protested .
Very rare, the article had been withdrawn the next day and the newspaper had admitted that the article had “turned out to be false” and “lie” in an address to readers.
Several complaints filed
On June 29, the Paris public prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation into fraud in an organized gang, forgery and use of forgery, identity and data theft and entrusted the investigations to the Brigade for the repression of delinquency against the person (BRDP ).
This investigation is examining three complaints: one filed by the Garrido-Corbière couple on June 27, another filed by journalist Aziz Zemouri on June 28, and a final one by Jean-Christophe Lagarde.
The journalist targets in his complaint Jean-Christophe Lagarde and Anouar Bouhadjela. It was, according to his story, this policeman who had contacted him at the end of May to put him in touch with a woman claiming to be a household help, undeclared and without papers, of the couple of deputies. The boss of the UDI filed a complaint at the end of June for breach of trust.
Recognizing shortcomings in its “internal control processes”, Point launched an internal investigation and Aziz Zemouri was suspended at the end of June. The weekly invoked “external smoking, first” by writing that “people probably sought to sell a false story to discredit Raquel Garrido and Alexis Corbière”. The magazine also explained that the screenshots of the text messages allegedly exchanged between the false employee and Raquel Garrido, and published by the journalist, “constituted a rough montage”.
The Garrido-Corbière couple filed a second complaint for defamation against Aziz Zemouri and the weekly.