Searches took place on Wednesday at the headquarters of the organizing committee for the 2024 Olympics, as well as in several event agencies responsible for the opening ceremonies. A new investigation, which brings the total number of procedures opened to three, is looking into suspicions of irregularities in the awarding of contracts for the organization of the Games.
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The organization of the 2024 Olympics is once again under investigation by the justice system. The organizing committee (Cojo) and event agencies responsible for the opening ceremonies in the summer of 2024 were raided on Wednesday as part of a new investigation conducted by the national financial prosecutor’s office, according to sources close to the case.
According to these sources, the Cojo and the companies Double 2, Ubibene, Obo, and Paname 24 were searched by financial investigators from Oclciff, a piece of information confirmed by a judicial source.
This latest source has also confirmed that « these operations are part of a preliminary investigation led by the PNF into charges of illegal conflict of interest, favoritism, and concealment regarding several contracts related to the 2024 Olympics, opened after the searches on June 20, 2023 », when several sites, including the organizing committee, had already been searched as part of other investigations opened by the PNF.
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Une vingtaine de contrats examinés
The search at the headquarters of Paname 24 is highly significant: as it stands, this company brings together « five of the largest French event production agencies », including Ubi Bene, Obo, and Double 2, and its purpose is the executive production of the opening ceremonies of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, scheduled for July 26 and August 28.
Avec cette nouvelle enquête, le PNF est donc chargé d’au moins trois procédures concernant des marchés passés pour l’organisation des JO-2024.
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Deux premières enquêtes portent sur des soupçons de favoritisme et de détournements de fonds publics lors de l’attribution de marchés par le Comité d’organisation (Cojo) de Paris-2024 et la Solideo, l’établissement responsable de la construction des ouvrages olympiques pour 2024.
According to a source close to the investigation, investigators are focusing on around twenty potentially contentious contracts.