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France introduces anti-corruption bill

Jaclyn Jaeger | April 21, 2016

France, often criticized for its lax anti-corruption efforts, is considering an anti-bribery law of its own.

France’s Finance Minister Michel Sapin introduced a proposed anti-corruption bill, Sapin II, to the French government on March 30 that in many respects is inspired by anti-corruption laws already in place in the United States and United Kingdom. The bill, for example, “provides for the offense of corruptly influencing a foreign public official in order to bring our criminal procedure into line with the issues raised by transnational corruption,” the French government stated.

Additionally, the proposed bill would impose a legal obligation on companies and senior management to take “effective” measures to...

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