The deputy spokesman of François Fillon is subject to a preliminary investigation opened by the public prosecutor of Nanterre since September 2016.
A preliminary investigation into suspicion of tax fraud was launched by the prosecutor’s office in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine) against Thierry Solère, spokesman for the right-wing candidate of the presidential election, François Fillon. This is according to information from judicial sources, said French newspaper Le Canard enchaîné on Tuesday .
The investigation was opened on September 6, 2016 following a top off by the tax authorities, the source said. It covers the years 2010 to 2013.
Thierry Solère announced on BFMTV his intention to file a defamation complaint against Le Canard enchaîné , claiming that he had always declared his income and is currently up to date with his taxes.
The deputy, like former Prime Minister François Fillon, is a member of parliament, and employs his wife, said the satirical weekly, to be published on Wednesday.
Possible conflict of interest
The investigation ordered by the public prosecutor’s office followed a tax audit which established that he had failed to pay part of his income taxes from 2010 to 2013, as well as the property tax of the last year.
The scope of the investigation has been extended to a possible conflict of interest. Thierry Solère, deputy of the Hauts-de-Seine, was an employee of a group specialized in the treatment of waste, added the Canard enchaîné .
According to the weekly newspaper, the police are also interested in the counselling company of the spouse of the spokesman of the candidate Les Républicains, which would not appear in the declarations of activity with the High Authority for transparency of public life.