Paris 2024 faces yet another embarrassing incident. According to a report from Agence France-Presse, confirmed by Le Monde, the Organizing Committee for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Cojop) and several event agencies responsible for the opening ceremonies were raided on Wednesday as part of a new investigation conducted by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF). These searches concluded on Wednesday evening.
The financial investigators from the Central Office for the Fight against Corruption and Financial and Tax Offenses (OCLCIFF) have visited the premises of Cojop, in Saint-Denis, and the companies Double 2, Ubi Bene, Obo, and Paname 24. « Paris 2024 confirms that the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) visited its headquarters on Wednesday, October 18, and obtained all the requested information. Paris 2024 is fully cooperating with the investigation as it has always done, » says Cojop.
Cinq enquêtes préliminaires
According to a judicial source, « these operations are part of a preliminary investigation led by the PNF on charges of illegal conflict of interest, favoritism, and concealment regarding several contracts related to the 2024 Olympic Games, opened after the searches on June 20, 2023. » On that day, several sites, including the Paris 2024 Organizing Committee, had already been searched as part of other investigations opened by the PNF.
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Since 2017, a total of five preliminary investigations have been opened by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) in connection with the Cojop or Solideo, the organization responsible for the construction of Olympic facilities for 2024, on suspicions of favoritism and misappropriation of public funds during the awarding of contracts.