August 29, in an interview at The Team, the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéa-Castéra informed of the launch of two joint missions, aimed at the governance of the GIP – France 2023, and more particularly its omnipotent general manager Claude Atcher who had just been laid off as a precaution. Entrusted to the General Inspectorate of Finance and the General Inspectorate of Education, Sport and Research, these investigations were to allow “to analyze the existence of any breaches of economic and financial probity or conflicts of interest”, let the ministry know.
Atcher’s personal expenses in the sights of investigators
According to our information, the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF), the recipient of a double report from the two General Inspectorates, under Article 40 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, opened a preliminary investigation at the beginning of October into offenses of favouritism, trafficking of influence, corruption, or even other related offences. The PNF prosecutors in charge of this case entrusted the investigations to the gendarmes of the Paris research section.
Last July, we had mentioned in our investigation certain past contracts from the time of Claude Atcher as well as the potentially criminal use of VTC for private trips, while the company vehicle provided for this purpose by the GIP was available to the wife of Mr. Atcher. According to our information, the criminal investigation is interested in these possible personal costs borne by the GIP 2023, in certain past contracts and also in alleged irregularities linked to the ticketing of the 2023 World Cup.