September 10, 2019 / 2:53 PM / 5 days ago

New EU commissioner Goulard heard by French police - source

FILE PHOTO: Newly appointed French Minister of Armed Forces, Sylvie Goulard leaves after the first cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - The European Commission’s new internal market commissioner Sylvie Goulard was questioned by French police on Tuesday as part of an investigation into fictional jobs at the European Parliament, a police source told Reuters.

The hearing comes on the same day that incoming EU chief executive Ursula von der Leyen presented her new 27-strong team.

Following the 2017 election of French President Emmanuel Macron, Goulard was appointed defence minister, but she resigned barely a month into the job after an investigation was opened into the way her political party, MoDem, hired parliamentary assistants in the European parliament.

The inquiry is still underway but Goulard is not its main focus, and she is not herself under formal investigation. She has denied any wrongdoing.

Reporting by Simon Carraud; Writing by Geert De Clercq, Editing by Sarah White

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