Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
Anyway, it seems France need some doberman prosecutors who hate the government (or the mafia really, but what's the difference in Berlusconiland?), like in Italy.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 12:20:13 PM EST
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We did get them in the 90s, and things HAVE been cleaned up to a pretty good extent.

  • Pretty strignent (and effective) party financing laws have been passed;

  • a number of politicians have been sentenced (including senior ones like Alain Juppé, former PM and Chirac's right hand man, Alain Carignon, Michel Noir (both ministers of Chirac and mayors of large cities), Henri Emmanuelli (socialist Treasurer);

  • and they have gotten pretty close to Chirac (who may yet be prosecuted when he no longer is president);

  • cash handouts to ministers (fonds secrets) have been banned, etc...

So it's not all hopeless.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 12:32:04 PM EST
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and Alain Carignon did actually serve time in the slammer for embezzlement; so did Michel Noir, if I'm not mistaken I wasn't living in France at the time).

Now out of jail, Alain Carignon got recently re-elected as chairman of the local branch of UMP (France's ruling party), here in the fair city of Grenoble, and probably intends to run for mayor... again.
Who wrote that line about the first time as a tragedy and the second time as a farce?

by Bernard on Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 03:26:05 PM EST
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