Mediapart wins battle for openness over French election accounts scrutiny


It took three years, but Mediapart has finally been vindicated in its fight for full transparency when it comes to scrutinising the campaign accounts of French elections. The highest administrative court in the land, the Conseil d'État, has ruled in favour of Mediapart's demand that the entire process of how election accounts are checked by the official body in charge – the CNCCFP - should be open to the public. The ruling means that whatever the election and whoever the candidate the public has a right to know the full details. Mathilde Mathieu reports on this landmark verdict.

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It is an historic victory. After three years of administrative and legal skirmishes, Mediapart has finally won its battle for complete transparency over the way France's election accounts are scrutinised. The country's highest administrative jurisdiction, the Conseil d'État, has just ruled that the media and citizens should have full access to the process of how candidates' campaign funding is overseen. It is a timely verdict, coming a year after the revelation of the Bygmalion scandal - involving the right-wing UMP and Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 election accounts – which highlighted the major faults within the current French system of election finance oversight.