Police raid ex-French PM's office in Le Havre as part of corruption inquiry

French police have searched the mayoral offices of former French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe as part of a preliminary probe into possible corruption and financial wrongdoings.

Former French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is cooperating with authorities, his office said on Wednesday, after police searched his office premises as part of a preliminary probe into possible corruption.

Philippe, the mayor of Le Havre, is widely seen as a potential candidate to succeed Emmanuel Macron in the 2027 French presidential election.

The search is reportedly part of a preliminary investigation opened in December 2023 on charges of influence peddling, favouritism, misappropriation of public funds and psychological harassment.

Philippe's office said in a statement that he and his team "stand entirely and serenely at the disposal of the prosecutors to provide all of the elements necessary for the investigation".

Philippe resigned as prime minister in 2020 ahead of a government reshuffle.

(With newswires)

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