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Barely his, the socialist mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo finds himself targeted by accusations of “favoritism” and “embezzlement of public funds” by… her ex-competitor in the municipal elections, Rachida Dati. As explained by the "Chained Duck" this Wednesday, July 29, the former LR candidate at the Town Hall wrote on July 23 to the Paris prosecutor's office and the national financial prosecutor's office about the advantages that the town hall would have granted to the Unibail group, the Triangle tower concessionaire.
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Based on a report from the regional chamber of accounts, the former Minister of Justice announces to the AFP that it also sent letters denouncing these facts to the Paris prosecutor, Rémy Heitz, and to the financial prosecutor Jean-François Bohnert, confirming information from the “Parisian” and the “Canard Enchaîné”. Prosecutors requested have not yet rendered their decision.
I wrote to the proc of the Rep and the PNF following the report of the Chamber of accounts on the opaque management of A.Hil… https://t.co/YGJAXjfa0m—datirachida (@Rachida Dati ن)
The Ile-de-France regional chamber of accounts estimated in its report that the Triangle tower project had been "criticized in the enclosure of the Porte de Versailles exhibition center", located to the south of the capital. “The report of the Court of Auditors is quite clear. All I did was repeat the facts that qualify as a criminal offense, "Rachida Dati explains to the AFP.
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A "questionable" contract
In 2008, Viparis, a subsidiary of Unibail, planned to build the second tallest tower in Paris. But it was to be built on a plot of the Parc des Expositions for which Unibail is the concessionaire until 2026. The deadline was too short for the concession of the tower to be profitable. According to the report, the Paris city hall then terminated the initial contract early in 2015, in order to be able to conclude a second one, which fits better with the timetable of the Viparis project.
In addition, the City of Paris agreed to compensate the concessionaire of the Parc des Expositions to the tune of 263 million euros "for undemonstrated damage". The town hall certainly terminated the concession early, but also immediately granted a new contract to Viparis, allowing it to continue to operate the facilities. This contract was awarded "under partly questionable conditions", also raises the report.
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In addition to the fairly short deadlines for submitting tenders given the complexity of the project, the city of Paris asked candidates for an entry fee of 263 million euros, precisely the amount of compensation requested from Viparis. Amount that the concessionaire was able to pay by "waiving the compensation for early termination of the concession", while the other candidate had to "self-finance" this entry fee. Result put forward by the regional chamber of accounts: the City of Paris "thus deprived itself of a net resource while causing a distortion of competition for the award of the new contract"."Favoritism situation"
"The report shows that the realization of the Triangle tower project did not meet any interest of the City of Paris and that it was programmed to promote the interests of a private legal person , namely the company Unibail ”, denounces Rachida Dati in his letters to the various public prosecutors, consulted by AFP.“Thus, the Viparis group has been exempted from carrying out the modernization investments programmed under the concession, with the effect of having the concession finance the finalization of the tower project carried by another company of the same group. which is akin to a favoritism situation. "
" The questions of the chamber on the part of the amount corresponding to the profits not received by the concessionaire, ie 152 million euros, have not received any explanation from the City. This could be qualified as embezzlement of public funds, ”she added.
To be validated, the Triangle Tower project must be voted on by the Paris council, but environmentalists, partners of the majority, and the right-wing opposition are hostile to the project, as Rachida Dati points out. "If the tower is not built, Ms. Hidalgo will have to explain because it will again have to pay compensation," she warns.
According to the “Canard enchaîné”, the magistrates have in their sights a second project by Viparis concerning the construction of a “second office building of approximately 13,000 m²”, on which the town hall would have given an agreement of principle. Should the project see the light of day, the City of Paris will then have to "obtain a substantial increase in the fee" paid by Viparis.
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