Police investigate claims of secret dinners attended by French ministers.

French authorities are investigating accusations that government ministers and others dined in secret restaurants in violation of pandemic restrictions.

The Paris prosecutor’s office said an investigation has been opened into possible charges of endangerment and undeclared labour, and to identify the organisers and participants of the alleged gatherings.

A documentary that aired on French network M6 over the weekend included an unidentified man saying that he had eaten in two or three clandestine restaurants “with a certain number of ministers”.

Government members quickly denied knowledge of such wrongdoing. Minister of the interior of France Gérald Darmanin asked police to look into the claims.

The prosecutor’s office said the investigation is continuing despite reports that the man featured in the documentary had retracted his claim.

French restaurants have been closed since October to slow the spread of coronavirus. France just entered a new partial lockdown in response to intensive care units again filling with Covid-19 patients.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on LCI television on Sunday night that authorities have been investigating reports of clandestine parties and restaurants for months, and 200 suspects have been identified and face “heavy punishment”.

Government ministers “have a duty to be totally irreproachable and exemplary”, Mr Attal said. – Associated Press

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