The French judiciary decided to officially investigate the former Minister of Justice, Rachida Dati, in her dealings with the former director of Renault Nissan, Carlos Ghosn.
According to French media, the investigation focuses on a sum of one million dollars received by Dati 10 years ago when she was a member of the European Parliament.
The former minister described the investigation as politically motivated.
Earlier this year, French investigators interrogated Ghosn in Lebanon, where he resides, after he evaded trial in Japan on charges of illegal financial transactions.
The investigation with the former French justice minister is a branch of an in-depth investigation into Ghosn’s dealings, since he fled Japan in 2019.
Investigators visited him in Lebanon last May, and he repeatedly affirmed his innocence of the charges against him, expressing his readiness to cooperate with the French judiciary to defend his reputation.
Investigators have been searching Dati’s files since 2019 focusing on money she received from a mixed company in the Netherlands set up by the alliance of France’s Renault and Japan’s Nissan.
Dati was hired by the Franco-Japanese industrial conglomerate when she was 53, after she gave up the ministry in order to run for the European Parliament elections.
Dati denied violating the law in the rewards she received for her work as a consultant from 2010 to 2012, and her lawyers confirmed that all the amounts she received were authorized according to the law.
Who is Rashida Dati?
When Rachida Dati became Minister of Justice in President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government in 2007, she became the first immigrant community in France to hold this position.
And she entered the world of politics through its wide door that year, when Sarkozy assigned her to run his campaign in the presidential elections.
Rachida, now 56, had gained extensive experience working in several major companies in France since her university years. With her sharp intelligence, multiple talents, and great ability to persuade, she has landed great jobs given her age and social background.
She has shown remarkable superiority in studies since her early years in school and then at university, as she studied economics and then law, and graduated from the High School of the Judiciary, and worked in the prosecution before becoming Minister of Justice.
Rachida was born in France in 1965 to a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother, and she has 12 brothers and sisters. She did not marry, but she gave birth to a daughter, whom she named Zahra after her mother.
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