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Former French PM faces Brussels fraud probe

Published on 04/02/2004

4 February 2004

BRUSSELS – In an unprecedented move, the Brussels public prosecutor has asked former French Prime Minister Edith Cresson to answer to charges of fraud linked to her time as a European Commissioner.

Cresson was European Research Commissioner from 1995 until 1999, when a fraud scandal she was linked with forced the entire European Commission to resign.

The scandal was centred on allegations of serious mismanagement, dubious contracts and nepotism inside Cresson’s department.

Cresson is among other things accused of hiring a dentist form the French town of Chatellerault – where she was mayor – as a scientific advisor at the Commission.

A European Commissioner has never before had to appear before a judge on such charges.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Belgian news