Sophia Chikirou occurred Tuesday evening on BFMTV, to give his explanations. Suspicion focuses on how his company charged the France Insubordinate during the presidential campaign.
[updated October 24, 2018 10: 12] “all these people who are trying to reach me by private life, by insults, by charges that do not exist in the folder, I tell them that I will pull down not the eyes. For me to lower it, it will take me to the puncture. This is not my character.” The warning of Sophia Chikirou is borrowing of anger. The former communications adviser of Jean-Luc Mélenchon was Tuesday on the set of BFMTV, for an interview which allowed him to bring elements of response to the suspicions of over-billing that focuses on the campaign of Jean-Luc Mélenchon (see below).
Sophia Chikirou: “To make me look down, it will take me croak” pic.twitter.com/xELkOoQiwF
— BFMTV (@BFMTV) October 23, 2018
Sophia Chikirou knows very well, it is also the question of the “nature of his relationship” with Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who has been raised in recent days. Mediapart believes that it is in the public interest for their bonds, “extra-professional”, provides the media, are revealed. The interconnecting swept this aspect of the revelations by Mediapart of a reverse of hand : “there has been no favoritism,” she said, believing to be the target of journalists misogynist, and that the portraits made of it by some in the media are “attacks”.
Sophia Chikirou: “the past few weeks, I have suffered attacks that I would call misogynist” pic.twitter.com/hXix2rY8A6
— BFMTV (@BFMTV) October 23, 2018
Sophia Chikirou had a few tens of minutes earlier than required to start this tv interview by putting things clear, according to it on the suspicion relating to the accounts of campaign of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “There was no overage costs, Mediascop has not overcharged, it n’ there has not been any misuse of public funds and there was no personal enrichment”, she started, considering, in passing, that “it was the campaign, the least expensive of all the campaigns”. After the ex-communication advisor of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, it is “unprecedented” that the prosecutor’s office “organizes these searches” at this stage of the investigation. And sure : “there is no suspicion on the reality of the work of Mediascop”. As a reminder, Sophia Chikirou has recently been interviewed two times by the judicial police about the investigation concerning the accounts of the presidential campaign of France Insubordinate.
Mediapart considers that it is necessary to speak of the private life of Sophia Chikirou
For the newspaper investigation online Mediapart, it is certain that Jean-Luc Mélenchon has a long-standing relationship “extra-professional” with Sophia Chikirou. In an article published on 19 October, titled “The first discoveries of searches Mélenchon”, Mediapart points, among other things, “the proximity of Jean-Luc Mélenchon and the interconnecting Sophia Chikirou, in the heart of the investigation, which was the home of the former candidate on Tuesday morning (during the search) to the dawn”. The media ensures that it is useful that the nature of their relationship to be made public : “This could be the only private lives of two individuals, but now, in the light of judicial inquiries, a dimension of general interest”, writes the newspaper.
Sophia Chikirou first made the subject of an investigation by France Info on the accounts of campaign of Jean-Luc Mélenchon in 2017. The media questioned some of the figures and raises doubts of overcharging on which investigation now the judicial police (see below).
“We took the party to Mediapart to consider that this element of privacy was likely to inform the facts to the public”. insisted Fabrice Arfi Monday, October 22. On the plateau of C to You, the journalist ensures that Sophia Chikirou “is not only a partner, is not only a service provider”. And to add : “In the eyes of others, she is even a problem. How do we know ? Because the leaders of France Insubordinate speak to us. They told us that there is a problem to speak with the leader in this party who has a cult of the leader, because she is not a comrade. It is something else.”
Jean-Luc Mélenchon said, Mediapart insists
“Why Plenel [the editorial director for Mediapart editor’s NOTE] he says she is my companion ? This is not my companion”, is annoyed Jean-Luc Mélenchon Saturday 20 October 2018 in a video posted on his account to Facebook (see here). And to add : “normally we do not insinuation on the manners of the people, on what they are doing, on what is their private life.”
Fabrice Arfi has admitted It is to You that the drafting of Mediapart had for a long time to say that Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Sophia Chikirou have a relationship “extra-professional”. “It’s been weeks that we are working on how to tell this story, how to tell the story of the political problem that is posed to France Insubordinate in view of the relationship between the two. Jean-Luc Mélenchon said : ‘This is not my companion’. It is necessary to understand what he wants to say : ‘for tax purposes, it is not my girlfriend'”.
“The people of #LaFranceInsoumise speak to us, they tell us that there is a problem !” @FabriceArfi @Mediapart back on the relationship outside work between Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Sophia Chikirou, private information that illuminates the facts to the public. #CàVous pic.twitter.com/ZgQt7yCpUh
— C to you (@cavousf5) October 22, 2018
And to clarify, again, why these revelations about the private life of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, according to Mediapart, a true relevance of journalism : “If the suspicion were to be spent on fraud, abuse of confidence, the illicit financing of the campaign… Which is the decision-maker in the campaign ? It is Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Which recase this person after other suspicions to the Media within the France Insubordinate to the european elections ? It is Jean-Luc Mélenchon. This sheds new light on the suspicions that are and in particular the judicial”. The reporter clarifies his argument : “If the investigation was to confirm the suspicion which has presided at its opening, this would mean that the money the accused received by mrs. Chikirou would have been on the occasion of a presidential election campaign led by a politician with whom she shares an intimate relationship with a regular”.
“The nature of my relationship with Sophia Chikirou is excellent”
Friday, at a press conference, Jean-Luc Mélenchon had been questioned directly by a journalist on the “nature of the relationship” he has with Sophia Chikirou. He had replied : “Excellent,” before you regret that such a question is asked : “I perceive perfectly the insidious character and violator of your questions |…] My private life doesn’t look you !”. At the option of the revelations on the relationship – whatever it may be – between Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Sophia Chikirou, you know more on this last, and, in particular, on its temperament.
An end-of-conf press well hectic #Mélenchon pic.twitter.com/e7SIUmb4FO
— David Perrotin (@davidperrotin) October 19, 2018
Sophia Chikirou in the heart of a investigation with France Info
France Info published Friday, October 19, a survey carried out on the accounts of campaign of Jean-Luc Mélenchon for president. Recall that the accounts have been validated by the national Commission of campaign accounts by the end of 2017, but its members had, however, pointed to a few services billed by Mediascop as presenting “significant deviations with the grid of this company”. The leader of the consulting company Mediascop, Sophia Chikirou, was the communications director during the campaign of France insubordinate in 2017. France Info note an “unusual situation” : “Mediascop employed a dozen of the members of the staff of the candidate”. The journalists who conducted the survey point out that Sophia Chikirou was “at once gave the order as the director of communications and service provider major of the campaign of Jean-Luc Mélenchon”.
Sophia Chikirou does it set its own prices, in agreement with the direction of the campaign ? France Info has reviewed the invoices of the company of communication, be reimbursed by the State. All of the services amounted to around 1.2 million euros, approximately 11% of the total budget of the campaign of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Sophia Chikirou would have personally valued his work at around 120 000 euros on the bills Mediascop, that is, 15 000 euros monthly on average for eight months of the campaign.”
In detail, some of the invoices turn out to be quite curious. Seven episodes of the program “the Spirit of the campaign” have been put online for amounts between eur 1 200 4 800 euros by issuing, for “programming and development of driver” and 3 600 euros for the “preparation of the stakeholders”. France Info also points to the benefits of extracting audio and publication on the Soundcloud account of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, charged 250 euros each, for the 19 speech of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The “closed-captioning of videos posted on the account Facebook of the candidate” would have been charged 200 euros per minute. The investigators of France Info ensure you have contacted companies specializing in this kind of work, which indicate that the rates are usually around 15 euros per minute for 30 minutes of work.
Sophia Chikirou, a pro-politics
The communicating party France Insubordinate was very quickly interested in the policy. At the age of 18 years, without wait, she will take his card to the members of the socialist Party and will campaign in Paris after his studies. From 2002 to 2017, Sophia Chikirou was a parliamentary attaché for the member PS Michel Charzat. But it is with Laurent Fabius that she has made her name, in front of his spokesperson during the socialist primaries in 2006. Disappointed not to have been invested by the PS to the parliamentary elections in 2007, it will be excluded from the party after a nomination dissenting with Michel Charzat. In 2009, she will join Jean-Luc Mélnchon the left Party and will become its press officer for the presidential campaign of 2012.
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