Surprise by Mediapart, Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam (LR) assures us that she was unaware that it was forbidden.
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In the midst of the controversy over illegal dinners organized during the Covid-19 pandemic, Senator Les Républicains Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam was surprised by Mediapart, Wednesday April 14, at the release of a “private, working lunch”, in his own words, at the Meurice, a Parisian palace located in the 1st arrondissement.
However, the hotel announces on its website that “in accordance with government announcements, [ses] restaurants […] are currently closed “. Only room service in the room is allowed. “Le Meurice does not organize any lunches in the hotel lounges, which remain, like the restaurants, closed to the reception of customers”, he says to the news site.
Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam nevertheless assures the microphone extended by the journalist to have had lunch in a “salon” du Meurice for a “professional meeting” with Swiss lawyer Christian Kälin, at the head of a foundation with which she works. Senator LR replies that she “ignored” that going to a hotel for a private lunch was prohibited.
Asked by Mediapart, Le Meurice did not wish to specify whether Christian Kälin, who paid for lunch, according to Joëlle Garriaud-Maylam, was a resident or not at the hotel.