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French National Assembly head Ferrand questioned by judges - source

French National Assembly head Ferrand questioned by judges - source
FILE PHOTO: President of the French National Assembly Richard Ferrand attends the official launch of the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly in Paris, France, March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier -
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PARIS (Reuters) – French National Assembly president Richard Ferrand, a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron’s, was questioned on Wednesday by investigating judges over allegations of improper acquisition of interest, a source close to the probe said.

A previous investigation by French public prosecutors into Ferrand’s financial dealings was dropped in late 2017. Ferrand, who had denied any wrongdoing, resigned as minister when that probe was ongoing.

A lawmaker, he now heads up Macron’s party in the lower house of parliament. The latest probe relates, like the last one, to Ferrand’s management of a medical insurance company in Brittany.

Ferrand’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Government spokesman Sibeth Ndiaye declined to comment at a weekly news conference on Wednesday when asked about the latest investigation.

(Reporting by Paris newsroom, Writing by Sarah White; editing by Richard Lough)

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