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French police search politicians' homes in coronavirus inquiry

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 15, 2020
French authorities searched the home of Health Minister Olivier Véran Thursday as part of an inquiry into the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Health Ministry said.
Olivier Véran
France   Olivier Véran
Véran is one of several current or former ministers being investigated following complaints about the government's handling of the pandemic. In July, a special French court ordered an investigation after 90 complaints were lodged, notably over shortages of masks and other equipment.

Topics: French

COVID-19 patients, doctors, prisoners and police officers accused members of the French government of endangering people's lives, failing to assist those in danger and even of manslaughter. Nine of these complaints were sent to the prosecutor general.

Police also searched the home of former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, former Health Minister Agnès Buzyn, former government spokesperson Sibeth Ndiaye and the head of the country's health service, Jérôme Salomon, AFP reported.