Mediapart wins battle for openness over French election accounts scrutiny


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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.