France to launch investigation into justice minister over conflict of interest

A judicial investigation will be opened into an alleged conflict of interest on the part of Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti, the prosecutor attached to France's highest civil court said on Friday, Reuters reports. 

Dupond-Moretti's office declined to comment.

It comes after an anti-corruption group in October filed a complaint to the Cour de la Justice de la République, a special court dealing with allegations against sitting ministers. Three magistrates' unions then filed similar claims.

The complaints were made after Dupond-Moretti called for three prosecutors from the financial crimes prosecution unit to be investigated. Dupond-Moretti had filed his own complaint against the trio while serving as a lawyer, before he became minister.

"It falls, therefore, on the prosecutor general (of the Cour de Cassation) ... to open a judicial investigation against Mr. Eric Dupond-Moretti," the prosecutor general François Molins said in a statement.


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