Eric Andrieu, lawyer, Péchenard & Associés
From: Eric Andrieu (Péchenard & Associés law firm)
On October 27, 2015, I received an email from McDonald’s France lawyer Éric Andrieu of the Péchenard & Associés law firm.
The lawyer commits an exceptionally serious mistake (legal malpractice) by confirming “to [his] clients that the sweepstakes [note: actually a serious fraud] was in compliance with French and European law.” This is obviously false. Either he is dangerously incompetent, or he is complicit. But there might be yet another explanation.
I would later learn that Éric Andrieu is the best friend, since childhood supposedly, of Frédéric Péchenard, the former Director General of the French National Police.
There was a time when McDonald’s France not only faced suspicion but was also accused and formally charged with operating an illegal lottery in France. This brought them under the close scrutiny of French authorities.
In his revealing book “I Sold My Soul to McDonald’s,” Jean-Pierre Petit, the former CEO of McDonald’s France, elaborates on the company’s initial unpopularity among French politicians and officials. Over time, however, this perception dramatically shifted. Petit’s account, which almost seems to boast, hints at what could be interpreted as potential corruption among French politicians.
The fact that McDonald’s France engaged a law firm with deep connections to the French Police raises significant concerns. This firm was founded by relatives of Frédéric Péchenard, the former Director General of the French National Police. Notably, Péchenard’s mother’s name is prominently displayed on the correspondence I received from a McDonald’s France attorney.
When McDonald’s committed the serious offenses that victimized me, who was at the helm of the French National Police? None other than Frédéric Péchenard himself. In a role akin to the Director of the FBI in the United States, he was the key figure in the French Police responsible for preventing such grave financial crimes.
Despite alerting McDonald’s Corporation executives about this dubious connection with the French Police, they seemingly disregarded it, in direct contradiction to their global compliance policy. This raises the question: How could such a blatant conflict of interest be overlooked?
To gain a clearer understanding of the sequence of events in this case, I invite you to view a detailed timeline at the following link:
This timeline provides a comprehensive overview of the key milestones and developments.