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Macron chief of staff faces corruption inquiry

Alexis Kohler is being investigated in relation to his ties to the Mediterranean Shipping Company.

French financial prosecutors have opened an investigation after an anti-corruption association filed a complaint against French President Emmanuel Macron’s chief of staff.

The prosecutors’ office said investigators will look into whether the rules related to conflicts of interest while in a public position have been respected.

The French association Anticor suspects Alexis Kohler, one of Mr Macron’s closest aides, of influence-peddling and conflict of interest in relation to his ties to the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

Emmanuel Macron appointed Mr Kohler following the May 2017 presidential election (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Mr Kohler has family links to the Geneva-based cruise company.

He worked as a senior official in the finance ministry from 2014 to 2016.

Mr Kohler then became chief financial officer at MSC.

He joined Mr Macron’s team following the May 2017 presidential election.

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