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France more transparent, but judiciary needs reform

Transparency International France has made public its 2013 report on Transparency in Public Life, which, for the first time, produces a full assessment of laws enacted in 2013 in the domain of transparency and the fight against corruption.

The assessment is generally positive although TI does highlight what it calls the shadow cast by the postponing of reform relating to the independence of the judiciary.  

TI France states that initiatives have been taken in all the areas in which François Holland, as a presidential candidate, made commitments with regard to TI’s propositions: the prevention of conflicts of interest; transparency of political life; the number of mandates that may be held concurrently; whistleblower protection; and the fight against tax fraud.

Transparency International France said it’s essential to maintain pressure so that the government endows the new authorities created this year with the means that their mission requires and that elected officials apply the new rules. TI France also calls citizens to mobilize and to fully play their role.

The report is available here (in pdf).


Philip Fitzgerald is a Contributing Editor of the FCPA Blog. In 2011, the Scotland native completed his Docteur en droit (doctor of laws) in France at the Université du Sud Toulon Var. His 400-page thesis was titled “The International Normative Framework Combating the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials.” It’s available on SSRN here. He also holds an LL.B in Law and French from the University of Edinburgh. He can be contacted here.

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