According to “Le Monde”, the group is the subject of information judicial for suspicion of vote buying, abuse of corporate assets, inaccurate accounts and false or misleading information.
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The Lagardère group disputes, Saturday July 24, “firmly all vote purchase” and “any infringement or irregularity” after the revelations of World. The newspaper claims that the PNF opened a judicial investigation in April for suspicion of vote buying, abuse of corporate assets, inaccurate accounts and false or misleading information around this long-standing affair between the two groups. .
Lagardere “obey the law and will vigorously defend itself against any allegation to the contrary”, the group reacted on Saturday in a statement. “Lagardère SA finally deplores the leak in the press of information which would result from an investigation procedure, in disregard of the secrecy of the investigation which is protected under criminal law and has asked its counsel to initiate any legal proceedings as a consequence of this violation “, adds the document.
The opening of this judicial investigation has since led to the appointment of an investigating judge, according to The world, which does not cite any source, but specifies that the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office has decided to take up a complaint lodged in February by the British activist investment fund Amber Capital. At the end of April, the Lagardère group had found common ground with its main shareholders – Vincent Bolloré, Bernard Arnault and Amber Capital in the lead – on the thorny question of its governance. He had also signed a “transactional agreement” with Amber Capital putting an end to the various legal proceedings which had opposed them for years.