The cook Christophe Leroy, suspected of having organized luxurious clandestine meals in Paris in the midst of the pandemic, affirmed Thursday through the voice of his lawyer that these feasts were legal and that no minister had participated in them.
During the search carried out on Wednesday at his Parisian home, Christophe Leroy “was able to deliver a certain number of documents establishing that the services he performed were, as the law allows, in private homes and not in establishments open to the public (ERP) of the restaurant type ”, indicates Me Thierry Fradet in a press release.
“In any case and contrary to what has been claimed in an unprofessional manner, no member of the government participated in the meals”, he adds, denouncing a “bad trial” against his client. .
The broadcast on Friday of a report by the private channel M6 on lavish clandestine dinners in Paris sparked a heated controversy, one of the organizers claiming to have “dined in 2/3 clandestine restaurants” where he would have crossed “ministers” .
The report mentioned in particular a dinner at the Palais Vivienne, located in the center of Paris, “around a caviar and champagne menu” at the price of “220 euros (242 Swiss francs) per person” concocted by the cook. Since then, Pierre-Jean Chalençon, owner of the Palais Vivienne, has returned to his statements, explaining that he wanted to make “humor”.
The report ignited social networks, provoked reactions from the political class and led to the opening of an investigation, at the very moment when France, under nighttime curfew for several months, was stepping up its health measures in the face of a new rebound of the Covid-19 epidemic.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Tuesday that to his knowledge, no minister had attended such clandestine luxury dinners, and he has spread a rumor that “undermines the foundations of democracy.”
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