The probe comes after a TV report by channel M6 that aired Friday, displaying hidden digicam footage of two upmarket eating places full of mask-free company.
Within the video, an undercover journalist enters a personal eating membership with closed shutters and is greeted by a waiter carrying white gloves. She is requested on whose behalf she has been invited and is instructed: “When you’re by means of the door, there isn’t any extra Covid.”
The maitre d’ is heard explaining that the menu begins at 160 euros ($190) per individual. For 490 euros ($580) diners can sip champagne whereas feasting on foie gras with truffle and langoustine in a ginger sauce.
“We’re trying into potential expenses of endangerment and undeclared labor,” a spokesman for the Paris prosecutor instructed CNN Monday. “We are going to confirm whether or not the gatherings have been organized in violation of sanitary guidelines and decide who have been the potential organizers and individuals.”
An extra “restricted lockdown” took impact final week, as President Emmanuel Macron warned that the nation dangers “dropping management” over the pandemic.
The video goes on to point out one other banquet being held in lavish environment with massive tapestries and gilded work. The company are seen giving one another “la bise,” kissing one another cheek to cheek.
The organizer seems to assert: “This week I dined at two or three eating places, so-called clandestine eating places, with a sure variety of ministers.”
On account of its recognizable decor, the restaurant was later recognized as Palais Vivienne owned by Pierre-Jean Chalençon.
Chalençon’s lawyer launched a press release Sunday acknowledging the distorted voice on the video belonged to his consumer however that he was joking when he stated authorities ministers had attended dinners.
The scandal has drawn the ire of many on-line, with the hashtag #OnVeutLesNoms (We Need The Names) trending on Twitter on Monday.
Authorities spokesman Gabriel Attal instructed LCI information channel Sunday that authorities have been investigating studies of unlawful events for months and that 200 suspects have been recognized thus far. “They may face a heavy punishment,” Attal added.