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Sapin II aims to challenge France’s culture of corruption

Rodrigo Amaral | February 28, 2017

The nepotism scandal involving presidential candidate François Fillon in France has strengthened the commonly held view that French leaders, both in politics and business, can take a somewhat cavalier approach to ethics and corruption. This could change, though, as France plays catch up with other developed economies and starts enforcing anti-corruption laws that are worth their name.

Fillon has found himself in deep trouble after it became known that French investigators are looking into allegedly illegal payments made to his wife, Penelope Fillon, by his parliamentary office. It has also emerged that his son and daughter have been employed as parliamentary assistants, even though there are doubts about their qualifications to do the jobs they were paid for. The so-called “Penelopegate” has caused enough uproar to derail Fillon’s bid to be elected the next president of France in April.

The case has shocked French voters and so have the puzzled reactions of other...

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