Indictment of Éric Dupond-Moretti

> Volt denounces attacks on the judiciary and calls for respect for its independence

> Volt calls for stronger requirements to prevent conflicts of interest

Paris, July 16th, 2021

Volt France unreservedly condemns the questioning of the impartiality of the judiciary in the context of the investigation of Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti. We reiterate our commitment to the independence of the judiciary and the prevention of conflicts of interest which are essential values for democracy.

Volt denounces attacks on the judiciary and calls for respect for its independence

The investigation against Éric Dupond-Moretti for illegal taking of interest has given rise to violent attacks on the judiciary by parliamentarians from the majority and the opposition, members of the government and even this week by the President of the Republic himself. As in 2017, during the Fillon affair, or in 2018, during the searches at the headquarters of France Insoumise, one hears talk of "politicised justice" or "government of judges".

At the time, Éric Dupond-Moretti had replied to Mr Mélenchon that 'this is not Venezuela'. He was of course right yesterday, and the attacks on the integrity of judges coming from his camp today are all the more incomprehensible.

Volt strongly condemns these irresponsible comments which undermine confidence in justice and the rule of law. As Minister of Justice, it is up to Mr Dupond-Moretti to do everything possible to restore authority by working hand in hand with the magistrates.

Volt calls for stronger requirements to prevent conflicts of interest

In accordance with the principle of the independence of justice and the presumption of innocence, it is up to the magistrates to carry out the investigation and the Court of Justice of the Republic to judge.

Nevertheless, Volt considers it essential to recall the requirement for ethics and the prevention of conflicts of interest at the highest level of the State. We recall that the government is committed to this issue and has implemented the practice of "deportation", which consists of removing a minister from a file when he or she is personally concerned or when it affects one of his or her relatives.

With regard to the procedure in question, on 18 September 2020 Éric Dupond-Moretti opened an administrative investigation into magistrates of the Parquet National Financier in the context of the 'fadette' affair, while the Minister of Justice is personally concerned. This conflict of interest was only lifted at a later stage, by a deportation decree decided by Jean Castex on 24 October 2020.

Volt therefore calls on the French government to be more rigorous in applying procedures to avoid conflicts of interest. These procedures are essential to ensure fairness in public decisions and to restore the trust of citizens in their leaders.

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