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Sentenced, the Minister of SMEs Alain Griset resigns from the government

After the conviction, the resignation. The Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Alain Griset tendered his resignation on Wednesday, December 8 after his conviction earlier today to six months suspended imprisonment and a three-year suspended ineligibility sentence for the “Incomplete or false declaration” of its patrimonial situation.

“Alain Griset has therefore tendered his resignation as a member of the government to the President of the Republic and to the Prime Minister”, according to the text communicated by Bercy.

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He had previously announced that he would appeal his conviction.

“An awkwardness”

In government since July 2020, Alain Griset was the incumbent prime minister to appear before a criminal court. He was tried for having failed to declare, in August 2020, after his appointment to the government, part of his assets and his interests to the High Authority for the Transparency of Public Life (HATVP).

Alain Griset trial: “At no time did I want to cheat, hide or steal anything”

Alain Griset was suspected of having intentionally concealed from the HATVP the holding of a stock savings plan (PEA) of 171,000 euros, as well as “Direct participations” in several companies such as la Française des Jeux or Natixis.

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Also in question, a sum of 130,000 euros placed in his PEA and which belonged to the National Confederation of Crafts, Trades and Services (Cnams) of the North, an inter-professional organization that Alain Griset had headed since 1991.

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Before the judges, Alain Griset, 68, a former taxi craftsman from northern France, defended his probity by pleading “An awkwardness” and rejecting all “Dishonesty”.

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