Greenpeace and alternative activist teams filed a complainant with the Paris prosecutor’s workplace against the CEO of energy large Total, alleging illegal taking of interests.
Patrick Pouyanné, the CEO of Total, was named to the board of École Polytechnique, a prestigious science and technology university, in 2018. Pouyanné is accused of abusing his seat on the board by Greenpeace France, the anti-corruption group Anticor, and La Sphinx, which represents students and alumni of the university choice of the university to ascertain a search and innovation center for the corporate as a part of the field.
The teams maintain that the research facility can house many hundred Total workers, which Pouyanné used his position on the board to advance the project, a conflict of interest that was left unaddressed. Meanwhile, for over a year students, faculty, and alumni of the university have protested against the planned center, which was given final approval in June of last year. Matthew Lequesne, of the La Sphinx cluster, said, “The criticism is meant to shed lightweight on the attainable diversion of a public institution’s interests to serve non-public interests.”
A statement from Total claims that Pouyanné never took half in any choices by the university board relating to the corporate, which he continuously recused himself whenever it came up in discussion.