The director general of Progrès justifies himself on his presence at the Dîner des Sommets by Laurent Wauquiez

Namely the Dîners des Sommets, feasts organized by the President of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, on public funds from the community, with dozens of pampered guests.

The Dîner des Sommets on June 23, which took place with 90 guests at the Château de la Chaize in Beaujolais, is the one that caught the attention of our colleagues since it will have cost the Region more than 100,000 euros. . That is more than 1100 euros per guest. But no one put their hand in their pocket, it was the community that regaled.

Of the 90 guests, Mediapart cited only a few names, guaranteeing anonymity to those who agreed to respond and who requested it.

We therefore know that the owner of the castle, Christophe Gruy accompanied by his relatives, was obviously present. Just like Alain Mérieux (BioMérieux), Olivier Ginon (GL Events), tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, skier Alexis Pinturault, but also “press group bosses”.

In addition to Nicolas de Tavernost (M6 group), the managing director of Dauphine Libere Christophe Victor also feasted last June on a duck foie gras with sweet spices or even a Bresse poultry tournedos with Albufera sauce and its festival of delicacies. The leader of the daily even mentioned to Mediapart an event “efficient” who “reported” in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Feeling obliged to come out of the woodwork even if his name was not mentioned in the investigation, Pierre Fanneau, general manager of the Progressreveals this Saturday in his diary that he also feasted at the Château de la Chaize.

And like his colleague from the Ebra group, he justifies himself, believing that he is “of (its) role of participating in events bringing together the economic forces of the region”. And swears to have had no idea at the time “of the financial and budgetary elements of the operation”.

The question of the independence of the press and essentially of the Progress vis-à-vis the political power of Lyon has often been asked. This episode, which is causing some journalists in the newspaper to jump internally, risks damaging the image of the two Ebra titles distributed in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes for a time.

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