PARIS – French corruption criticised by the Council of Europe

“Grey areas” in the fight against corruption persist in France, the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (Greco) warned on Thursday (8 January), calling on the government to increase transparency around the presidency and give more power and money to the newly created national financial prosecutor office.

In its 71-page report, Greco highlighted that “the growing expectations of citizens for exemplary members of the executive,” appeared to be “palpable in France”.

The report’s publication comes at a time when former president Nicolas Sarkozy has just been summoned to court on corruption charges. The trial is due next October. The former head of state is being accused of having helped a judge getting a good job in Monaco in exchange for secret information regarding a lawsuit he was involved in. (EURACTIV.FR)

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