The main thing is that Jean-Christophe Lagarde, President of the UDI, has not been in custody since Thursday evening. He had been arrested the night before for “gun possession”. The police are continuing their investigation.
The custody of the President of the UDI and the deputy of Seine-Saint-Denis Jean-Christophe Lagarde, who was arrested on Wednesday night for “gun possession”, has been lifted, the Bobigny public prosecutor said on Thursday evening that the investigation was continuing has been. Jean-Christophe Lagarde has been heard by judicial police investigators from the department since 5 a.m. on Thursday to explain the presence of several weapons in his Drancy home.
According to the first information, the police intervened in his home at night. “What is emerging is a small family dispute,” said Me Yvon Goutal, lawyer for Jean-Christophe Lagarde. A source close to the MP said his family had notified the police without further details in an attempt to protect him from themselves.
There was “absolutely no violence of any kind, simply the police services may have been afraid of finding weapons in the home guns that are regularly stored as part of the practice of sport shooting,” added Me. Goutal, stating that he was unaware of this was “any rumor of violence or illegal weapons”. “It’s a completely private matter,” emphasized Pascal Brindeau, UDI MP and party spokesman.
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“The weapons have been declared, they are category B rifles, because Jean-Christophe Lagarde is a member of a sports club. There was no violence against himself or against others,” said Pascal Brindeau.
In front of his house, a gray suburban house in a quiet area in the center of Drancy, a neighbor testified on condition of anonymity: “My husband works early and when he went out around 5 in the morning he saw the whole mess, the police and everyone” . Another neighbor, Céleste, said she saw the police around 1am near the Lagarde house, then again around 5am.
President of the UDI since 2014
The 53-year-old Jean-Christophe Lagarde, Deputy Mayor of Seine-Saint-Denis in the constituency, especially the cities of Drancy and Bobigny, took over the management of the UDI (Union of Democrats and Independents) in 2014. Louis Borloo. After pasting posters for Raymond Barre’s campaign in 1988 and chairing the young UDF (1996-2001), he captured the city of Drancy in 2001 and tipped this historic communist bastion into the center right.
In legal terms, the leader of the centrist party is the target of a preliminary investigation by the National Finance Prosecutor’s Office (PNF). A complaint, in particular about embezzlement of public funds, had been filed in October 2017 by an opposition councilor, Hacène Chibane, in Drancy, who questioned the work of Jean-Christophe Lagarde’s parliamentary assistant, Aude Lavail-Lagarde, in 2002 and 2014.
The couple’s home and town hall were searched in February 2019 as part of this investigation. Hacène Chibane, who was sued by Jean-Christophe Lagarde himself, condemned in February the “judicial harassment” of the former mayor, who “wants to strangle his opponents, whether they are political opponents, journalists or even ordinary citizens”.
Aude Lagarde is now Mayor of Drancy, having succeeded her husband when he was re-elected in the June 2017 general election.
The PNF is also investigating suspected fictitious jobs in the neighboring town of Bobigny that were carried out up until the UDI’s last election.