“The worm that rots the fruits of democracy”: Bruno Le Maire prepares new measures to fight corruption

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“The worm that rots the fruits of democracy”: Bruno Le Maire prepares new measures to fight corruption

A new arsenal to better fight an invisible evil. The government is working on “new measures” to fight corruption, Minister of the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire declared this Saturday on the social network X (formerly Twitter).

Since the election of Emmanuel Macron in 2017, “we have strengthened our systems for preventing and detecting integrity violations thanks to compliance programs carried out by the French Anti-Corruption Agency (AFA)”, wrote Bruno Le Maire on the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption. Corruption Day, set for December 9 by the UN. Corruption “is the worm that can rot the fruits of democracy,” the minister also wrote.

“We want to continue in this direction. At the beginning of next year, we will have the opportunity to announce new measures on this subject” with the Minister of Justice Éric Dupond-Moretti and the Minister of Public Accounts Thomas Cazenave, he concluded.

“The French are asking for more”

In an online survey carried out at the end of October among 1,500 people and published this Saturday, 87% of those questioned said they had the feeling that people exercising significant power or responsibilities are corrupt, whether they are a small part (44%) or largely (43%). two.

In this Toluna/Harris Interactive survey carried out for the Jean Jaurès Foundation and the Transparence France movement, more than a quarter of French people (26%) say they have “already been personally asked to offer a sum of money or a valuable gift in a public administration to obtain a service”.

“The French are clear: they demand more,” commented Patrick Lefas, president of Transparency International France, quoted in a press release from the anti-corruption movement. “More exemplarity, more transparency in public life, more resources for financial justice and more whistleblowers,” he listed.

“Modify the current legal arsenal”

When questioned, Bruno Le Maire’s office indicated that it was working “on measures aimed at better preventing corruption in the business sector but also in the public sector”.

“This could, for example, involve strengthening the controls of the French Anti-Corruption Agency in certain sectors defined as sensitive, or by raising our level of requirements in terms of breaches of probity by modifying the current legal arsenal” , we specify in more detail at Bercy.

In 2016, the so-called “Sapin 2” law notably created the Judicial Convention of Public Interest (CJIP), which allows companies suspected of violating integrity to escape criminal prosecution by paying a fine.

Since then, around twenty companies, including giants like McDonald’s, Google and LVMH, have been sanctioned, without these negotiated fines constituting either an admission of guilt or a conviction.

Fighting “low-level” corruption

Interviewed this Saturday in the newspaper Le Monde, the director of the AFA Isabelle Jégouzo called for “going further in raising awareness among small and medium-sized businesses”, “not directly subject to the Sapin 2 law”.

In the future, she also wants to tackle “low-level” corruption. This consists, for example, of paying “a few hundred or thousand euros” to a public official to consult confidential files, she illustrated. Since 2016, cases linked to this “low intensity” corruption have, according to her, “increased by 46%”.

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