Poll: 70% of French believe their politicians are corrupt

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PostMon Jul 01, 2013 5:48 am » by grimghost

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A new poll from opinon research firm BVA has revealed that a staggering 70% of France view their politicians as corrupt. That's a 30 % increase in just three years, as a wave of scandals have severely tarnished the two mainstream parties.

The final two years of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's era seemed like one high-profile scandal after another: Allegations of illegal campaign funding from ex-Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi and from L'Oreal cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt; charges of spying on Le Monde's reporters; illegal kickbacks in the deadly Karachi affair; now, former Sarkozy finance minister and current IMF chief Christine Lagarde could follow in the shoes of ex-Adidas CEO Bernard Tapie, who has just been indicted on conspiracy to commit fraud.

The Socialists have also repeatedly embarrassed themselves: former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn quit the presidential race after being accused of sexual assault, while President Francois Hollande's Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac was forced out after his secret Swiss bank accounts led to charges of tax fraud.

Hollande's effort to try and stop corruption has had a major setback: His proposal to force politicians to declare their assets was gutted last week by seemingly self-interested lawmakers. Instead, they actually backed harsh penalties for journalists who publish such information.

The lack of confidence in France's mainstream politicians has led to increased support for extreme right groups, such as the xenophobic National Front, while leftists like the Communists have not yet returned to public prominence.

Analysts say that the average French citizen is becoming less tolerant of political corruption and demanding more transparency. But no high-profile politician has been sent to jail, despite the increasing number of convictions.

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PostMon Jul 01, 2013 8:19 am » by Iwanci

WHAT!!!!! Politicians are corrupt???? When??? WHAT?????

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PostMon Jul 01, 2013 8:31 am » by Poppa_pygar

Ha Ha Ha, well i never politicians corrupt.
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