Coronavirus: Police search homes of top French officials in COVID-19 probe

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

French police searched the home of Health Minister Olivier Veran on Thursday as part of an inquiry into the government's handling of the coronavirus crisis, his office said.

They came a day after French President Emmanuel Macron announced curfews in the Paris region and eight other French metropolitan areas to deal with the rising toll of new infections.

The investigation threatens to rekindle public frustration with a government that's been accused of lying to the public about mask stocks, underestimating testing needs and overestimating France's ability to vanquish the pandemic - not once, but now twice.

Among those whose homes were searched include Philippe, Veran, his predecessor Agnes Buzyn, the head of the country's national health service Jerome Salomon, and Sibeth Ndiaye, a former government spokeswoman.

The Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR, for its acronym in French) announced at the beginning of July the opening of an investigation to determine if there could have been a "abstention from combating damage" - punishable by up to two years in prison -, after verifying that there was basis to advance with at least nine of the complaints filed against members of the Executive in recent months. Veran's office was searched as well.

"Salomon abruptly declared an early-morning reside assembly on French information station BFM-TV as a result of of" private causes", based on this neighborhood.

"Can our citizens seriously feel the shortages, which were authentic, were voluntary?"

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