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The appointment of an LREM deputy at the head of a food lobby has a twitch on the left

French deputy Mickaël Nogal (LREM) at the National Assembly in Paris, March 7, 2018 Philippe LOPEZ

Members of the opposition and Greenpeace have pinned the LREM deputy Mickaël Nogal announced next March, as future N.2, of the national association of food industries (Ania), listed as a lobby.

“Mickaël Nogal, currently Member of the Haute-Garonne is appointed today Director General of Ania. He will take office on March 1, after the end of the parliamentary session”, announced in a press release released on Wednesday, the association which represents French food companies.

“I am very proud and happy to join ANIA to put my experience at the service of the country’s leading industry,” said Mr. Nogal quoted in the same press release.

“I will not combine the two activities. The day I start at Ania, I will no longer be a deputy,” Nogal told AFP. The latter specified his intention to resign from his duties as deputy for the 4th district of Haute-Garonne, without giving a precise timetable.

Since the Sapin 2 law of 2016, parliamentarians can no longer exercise the activity of interest representative.

The announcement of this future assumption of office made the teeth of Greenpeace France cringe, considering that it was “a great gift for this lobby, which is one of the most powerful in the sector”.

“Merger of La République En Marche and lobbies: episode 529”, the NGO quipped on twitter.

“In #Macronie, deputies first obey the lobbies. Then they also become lobbyists,” mocked Manuel Bompard, MEP and campaign manager for the LFI presidential candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

The environmental deputy and spokesperson for Yannick Jadot, Delphine Batho also noted on Twitter that the end of the parliamentary session did not correspond to the end of the term of deputy.

Mr Nogal told AFP that he had worked in the agri-food sector before becoming a member of parliament and had “turned away from these topics” since 2017.

“I have always made sure that there was no conflict of interest”, affirmed Mr. Nogal who specialized in the subject “housing” and was co-rapporteur of the Climate and 3DS law, that – here still being debated in parliament.

Mr. Nogal, who was one of the linchpins of the Youth with Macron, had announced his intention not to stand for La Dépêche du Midi, with a view to the next legislative elections.

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