Françoise Nyssen is more than ever in trouble, after the latest revelations of the "Duck chained" on the undeclared work of the publisher Actes Sud.
Françoise Nyssen is in turmoil. The Minister of Culture is suspected of not asking permission to carry out expansion work at the head office of the Actes Sud publishing house in Paris, which she led before she entered the government. The Paris prosecutor opened an initial investigation on Thursday 23 August to check whether the city planning code was respected. A new thorn in the vicar's foot, already fastened in the past.
1First revelations about work declared late
On June 20, The chained duck publishes a first salvo of revelations about work done in 2011 at the headquarters of Actes Sud, located in Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône). The publishing house is then run by Françoise Nyssen. According to the information from the weekly magazine, the extension of the building is not indicated. Safety breaches were also identified in 2011 by municipal services, firefighters and the prefecture, according to the newspaper.
The services warn Françoise Nyssen and her husband, Jean-Paul Capitani, then President of Actes Sud. It was only six years later that it submitted an application for a permit … At the moment that Françoise Nyssen was named the rue de Valois on 17 May 2017. The delay in the statement and its timing This is a question.
"I regret this negligence"Francoise Nyssen defended himself. And to add that "For several years, Jean-Paul Capitani has started to regularize works (…) in connection with the Town Hall". Asked by The duck, the minister had the responsibility on her husband, owner, according to her, from the "Almost all" shares in the company that manages the property. Jean-Paul Capitani assured that the high-rise had not been "never been subjected to a challenge" and that the expansion work of the book trade was not necessary "no prior declaration or permission".
2 A fear of conflicts of interest
On 9 July, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, in a surprise decision, drew the minister's prerogatives on the economic regulation of the book sector. Françoise Nyssen, former boss of Actes Sud, so loses "the custody of the National Book Center" and "economic regulation of the literary publishing sector". It is not allowed either intervene in a case where "the company & # 39; Actes Sud & # 39;"specifies the decree. "A decision has been made, I take note, responded Françoise Nyssen after the publication of the prime minister's decree. What is important to me is to continue doing. I am here to do. "
This measure, which comes more than a year after the appointment of Françoise Nyssen, surprises with the timing. According to his entourage quoted by AFP, the withdrawal of some of his attributions with regard to publishing is the result of a series of exchanges between the Minister and the High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life, that Françoise Nyssen is ready to ask for an official notification, on 23 January.
A few days later, the weekly Marianne calls for a previous conflict of interest situation for the Minister: the newspaper states the grant to Actes Sud, in 2017, of a subsidy of 101,415 euros from the National Book Center (CNL), while the Minister of Culture still held custody of the institution . Françoise Nyssen, who left the reins of Actes Sud to her husband in April 2017, still retained the interests in society, according to the weekly. "Yes, Actes Sud benefits from aid, just like many other publishers, and quite far below the amounts of other houses, the minister responded Marianne. Anyway, I no longer have to deal with South Acts. & # 39;
3A new case of black work
Almost two months after the first revelations about the works in Arles, the Duck chained put the cover back in its edition of Wednesday, August 22nd. This time, the weekly claims claimed that black was written at the Paris headquarters in Actes Sud. An expansion of 150 square meters of space has been realized "without a work permit or declaration to the taxpayer"takes care of the weekly. The Paris Public Prosecution Service opened a preliminary investigation on Thursday 23 August to determine whether the extension works were in accordance with the urban development code.
For its part, the publisher Actes Sud, directly involved, announced that it would undertake "the steps that would prove necessary" to regularize the situation of its offices. "No company is above the law, was happy to respond Françoise Nyssen, Thursday. The announcement by Actes Sud to regularize is clear and I have nothing else to add. "
The answer, formulated more than a day after the revelations of the Duck chained, does not satisfy the slander of the minister, who now claim his resignation. "C.this case undermines the exemplary nature of the government because the facts are not disputed "said franceinfo the president of Anticor anticorruption association, Jean-Christophe Picard.
We could have hoped for a dismissal from the minister. When someone acknowledges the facts, or they are not disputed, do not wait for the complaint, it must limit the costs.on franceinfo
Will the minister be able to stay in the government under these circumstances? On Friday Françoise Nyssen would still benefit from the "trust" Prime Minister, according to a source in Matignon interviewed by BFMTV.