“MacronGate”, “Banana Republic”: the opposition rises to the niche on the McKinsey case – Reblogged from source with Thanks Via: – https://resistance-mondiale.com/macrongate-republique-bananiere-lopposition-monte-au-creneau-sur-laffaire-mckinsey

“MacronGate”, “Banana Republic”: the opposition rises to the niche on the McKinsey case

Emmanuel Macron at the European Union (EU) summit in Brussels on March 24, 2022 (illustration)

Many politicians have once again criticized the government regarding the McKinsey case after the publication of an article in Le Canard enchaîné on a supposed “complacency” of the Ministry of Economy towards the consulting firm.

Once unknown to the general public, McKinsey’s name is now on everyone’s lips. The revelations about the role played by the American consulting firm in the Covid-19 vaccination policy had already caused a lot of ink to flow in January 2021. But it was the recent report of the Senate commission of inquiry released on March 17 denouncing the grip of consulting firms on the state apparatus and their tax arrangements that set fire to the powder.

An article in Le Canard Enchainé published in its March 30 edition revived the controversy. The satirical newspaper investigated the supposed weakness of Bercy’s controls on tax optimization practices put in place by several French subsidiaries of private consulting firms. Le Canard Enchaîné thus wonders if the “inertia” of the Tax Authorities would be explained by a supposed “complacency” of the Ministry of Economy and Public Finance towards consulting firms.

The strength of these revelations is such that some political and media personalities see them as a “McKinseyGate”, or even a “MacronGate” for which the President of the Republic should be held responsible.

The chaos of the market everywhere, people can’t take it anymore

This is particularly the case of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who after these revelations calls for a paradigm shift. “Another world is possible. We have reached the end of a cycle after 40 years of neoliberalism with consulting firms that take crazy sums from the state, dividends on old age. The chaos of the market everywhere, people can’t take it anymore,” he told France Inter on March 30.

Another presidential candidate, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan who denounces the fact that Emmanuel Macron is “not morally shocked to refuse 800 million euros in aid to people with disabilities to upgrade the AAH (Adult Disability Allowance) and deconjugalize it, but has no problem paying this sum for private consulting firms!”

Florian Philippot is not left behind. The former presidential candidate reacted with virulence to the article in Le Canard Enchaîné.

“New terrible revelation of the Chained Duck on the #McKinseyMacronGate! Bercy would have knowingly turned a blind eye to tax arrangements that should have immediately alerted him! To read is edifying. Macron must quickly explain himself!” he tweeted.

Eric Zemmour draws a parallel with the Fillon case, which made headlines during the 2017 presidential campaign. “What is the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office waiting for to react, he who has been so quick for François Fillon’s costumes,” he wonders.

The same goes for Senator LR of the Côte d’Or, Alain Houpert. “As I asked in 2017 for François Fillon’s withdrawal, the desire for exemplarity displayed by the PR must encourage him to be worthy and withdraw. France cannot be a banana Republic. She deserves better than that!” he said

On March 17, the Senate Commission of Inquiry published an explosive report in which it denounced the disproportionate influence of consulting firms on the government. In its report, the commission describes a “srawling phenomenon”, at an increasing cost to public finances. Worse still, it also accuses McKinsey’s French entities of tax optimization, so that they would not have paid any corporate taxes between 2011 and 2020.

On March 27 on France 3, the President of the Republic ruled that the controversy over contracts with the American firm McKinsey had no place and defends himself from violating the rules for awarding public contracts. “If there is evidence of manipulation, let it go criminal!” he said before ensuring that there were no “combinations” with McKinsey.

Source: https://francais.rt.com/france/97473-macrongate-republique-bananiere-opposition-monte-creneau-affaire-mckinsey

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