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Prosecutors probing Macron minister Richard Ferrand's business dealings

A French prosecutor has announced the opening of an investigation into one of Emmanuel Macron's ministers and closest supporters, casting fresh doubts over the newly elected president's pledges of squeaky-clean government.

Having previously said there were no grounds for an investigation, prosecutors in Brest, Brittany, reversed course and said they were opening a probe into territorial cohesion minister Richard Ferrand.

The U-turn follows a series of media revelations and questions about Mr Ferrand's business practices before he became a legislator in 2012, when he led a Brittany insurance company.

The prosecutors' statement said police will investigate whether there are grounds to suspect Mr Ferrand for property crimes, lack of probity and violating insurance codes.

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