The Financial Times reports:
Headline: Macron close adviser faces preliminary probe by financial prosecutor
Sub-headline: Prosecutor to examine whether private sector job met with civil servant transfer rules
Alexis Kohler isn’t simply another ‘adviser’ to Macron but as the FT describes him ‘… often portrayed as Mr Macron’s twin brother’ in Macron attempts to, through his Neo-Liberal Reforms, to end the Socialist Stasis in France’s political/economic life , through his utterly authoritarian Jupertarian Politics. The following three paragraphs tells the story as the FT views it.
Judicial authorities may decide to drop the case or open a formal investigation. Mr Kohler has denied wrongdoing. An Elysee aide said the French presidency “rejected these unfounded allegations.”
The case may prove problematic because Mr Kohler lies at the heart of the Macronist machine. The 45 year old technocrat, often portrayed as Mr Macron’s twin brother, is the president’s most trusted aide and has proven instrumental in the government’s ability to carry out reforms at a rapid pace.
Like Mr Macron, Mr Kohler is a former graduate of ENA, the elite university that grooms top civil servants, and belongs the prestigious “inspection des finances”, an exclusive group within the Treasury. As such, he has come across privileged information related to the state’s industrial holdings and policies. The ethics commission however approved his transfer to MSC.
Yet the FT has disabled the comments section: nothing strikes fear in the hearts of the editors and writers of this plutocratic ‘newspaper’ than the withering contempt of its readership! Time for a bit of schadenfreude ?