The journalist from Point Aziz Zemouri, author of the article which implicated the couple of deputies LFI Raquel Garrido and Alexis Corbière before being withdrawn, filed a complaint on Tuesday for “breach of trust” against the former deputy UDI Jean-Christophe Lagarde and an ex-policeman.
The complaint, of which AFP has taken note, was filed against Mr. Lagarde and a former territorial intelligence policeman, Anouar Bouhadjela, known as Noam Anouar, whom Mr. Zemouri presents as the source of the false accusations against the two elected.
Lagarde at the origin of bogus revelations?
Last Wednesday, an article by Mr. Zemouri published on the Point website accused the couple of LFI deputies of having exploited an undocumented cleaning lady, which they immediately firmly denied: “everything is false”, they had protested. Very rare fact, the article had been withdrawn the next day and the director of Point Etienne Gernelle had recognized “errors and breaches of caution”, in a message on Twitter and on the site of the weekly.
At the same time, Le Point opened an internal investigation, the journalist was laid off and summoned to an interview prior to a possible dismissal. Thursday, Mr. Zemouri said he was “convinced of the veracity of the facts”. But since then, he says he is convinced of having been “manipulated”, as he said during a telephone conversation Monday with Noam Anouar.
In his complaint, he assures that the ex-policeman, “who would be seconded to the town hall of Drancy”, whose mayor is the wife of Mr. Lagarde, contacted him at the end of May to put him in contact with a woman claiming to be the housekeeper, undeclared and without papers, of the couple of LFI deputies.
An article on stand-by since the presidential election
The journalist affirms that his informant called him “around the second round of the legislative elections” to ask him “if the article was ready to appear before the second round”. He replied that the article was “blocked at the level of the management of the newspaper”. Mr. Zemouri has since specified that he had not yet written anything at that time.
Raquel Garrido, 48, was elected deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis against UDI president Jean-Christophe Lagarde in the second round of legislative elections on June 19. In his complaint, Mr. Zemouri implicates Mr. Lagarde by arguing that at the start of the controversy, the latter had tweeted “comments” that the journalist had “only made to” the former police officer on the alleged blocking of the item.
Mr. Lagarde’s tweet has since been deleted. Asked by AFP, Mr. Lagarde could not be reached immediately. In a video posted on his Facebook page, Noam Anouar categorically denied the accusations of the journalist from Le Point and being “the author of the plot” targeting the two elected officials. “They are trying to make me the ideal culprit in the Corbière-Garrido affair,” he regretted.
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