Eva Joly, a Norwegian-born former French magistrate, is running for the French presidency under the Green Party banner.
She became famous across Europe for being a fearless anti-corruption campaigner, even taking on former minister Bernard Tapie and Crédit Lyonnais bank.
Her best-known case involved French oil giant Elf Aquitaine. She uncovered fraud leading to criminal convictions of Elf’s top two executives and to the resignation of Roland Dumas, president of France’s Constitutional Court. She received death threats during the eight-year investigation.
She moved from Norway to France at 18. After working her way through night law school and then practicing law, in 1990 she became an investigating magistrate in Paris.
She’s also worked for the Icelandic government, helping it uncover white collar crime that contributed to the country’s financial collapse.
Last year, Joly, 66, was elected as a French member of the European Parliament. Now she wants to run for president of France in the 2012 elections.
She told the France24 news site: “I am going into politics because I recognise the limitations of voluntary action … I have a strong desire to improve relations between the developed and developing world. I want to change power structures within society. I am desperate to see a more just and more united society.
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Why say it? It’s fashionable these days for critics — we won’t name them — to say there’s no evidence the FCPA has reduced bribery. But saying there’s no evidence of crimes not committed isn’t exactly, you know, conclusive of anything.
Then again, there’s plenty of evidence of less bribery because of the FCPA at companies like Siemens, BAE, Daimler, KBR, ABB, Baker Hughes, Willbros, Chevron, and so on. For us, that’s the evidence that counts.
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In whose interests? Great post today from Kevin LaCroix at the D&O Diary — Do Defendant Companies Financially Underperform Following Securities Lawsuit Settlements?