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Big test at the Élysée Palace
Posted:Mar 17, 2017
 
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The French have tended to be more relaxed about corruption but their patience may be running out
France has long had a problem with political corruption. At the very bottom of the scale, local mayors are routinely hauled up in front of the courts for embezzling funds or using their influence to get favourable planning decisions. And, at the very top, almost every French President has at least one major corruption scandal to his name.
The problem is made worse by what the French call the ‘cumul des mandats’, which allows politicians to hold multiple offices at the national, regional and local levels simultaneously. In 2016, a staggering 86% of Members of Parliament held another elected office, ensuring a steady flow of political patronage and fraud.
 
Deep roots
A few recent examples will give us a sense of how widespread the problem is. Take the centre-right politician, Alain Juppé, for example. For the past few years, opinion polls have consistently shown him to be the strongest candidate to contest next month’s presidential election, but he was found guilty of abuse of public funds in 2004.
 
Read more at :- http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/france-political-corruption-big-test-at-the-elysee-palace/article17521433.ece
 
The Hindu, March 18, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
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