Alexis Kohler hearing divides inquiry committee – POLITICO
Will Alexis Kohler be heard by the Uber Files commission of inquiry? The name of the secretary general of the Elysée was put in the balance by the rapporteur Danielle Simonnet (LFI), informed POLITICO with a parliamentary collaborator and several deputies.
President Benjamin Haddad (Renaissance), however, vetoed the rebellious elected official on such a hearing, as well as on those of several personalities from Emmanuel Macron’s first circle when he was Minister of the Economy. It therefore returns to the office of the voting commission for or against their convocation.
Meeting tomorrow at 1 p.m., the office will thus have to examine, in addition to the case of Alexis Kohler (director of cabinet of Emmanuel Macron between 2014 and 2016), the names of Emmanuel Lacresse, former deputy director of the cabinet of Emmanuel Macron and now Renaissance MP, Philippe Vigier, Modem MP who carried amendments proposed by Uber, environmental MP Aurélien Taché and former President François Hollande.
The office of the commission of inquiry is made up of ten deputies (six in the majority, four in the opposition).
In case of refusal of the office, Danielle Simonnet does not exclude asking all the twenty-nine members of the commission (thirteen in the majority, sixteen in the opposition) to vote in turn.
The work of the commission covers two aspects: Uber’s lobbying strategies in France and the impact of the establishment of the VTC company on the French economy. More than a hundred personalities were questioned within the framework of this commission which must complete its hearings in the coming weeks, the final report being expected at the beginning of July.
Emmanuel Macron’s relationship with Uber was at the heart of the questions. The President of the Republic is accused by LFI of having favored the establishment of the company, contrary to the position taken by the government of the time.