Why French anti-corruption services are cracking at the seams

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France’s anti-corruption services are over-stretched, under-staffed and under-performing, lacking both the human and material resources to effectively carry out the investigations handed to them. The problem affects both the judicial services and the specialised police units that carry out the in-the-field investigations into white-collar crime. Mediapart legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan reports on a deepening crisis.  

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The long history of economic and financial crime in France has been largely met with superficial after-the-event measures that in practice change little in the fight against corruption.