The lucrative musical chairs within the French Senate


In the French Senate, it appears that crossing a courtyard can be a lucrative affair. Mediapart has learnt how the secretary general of the upper house’s conservative UMP party group of senators was given 173,000 euros, paid out of publicly-provided funds, as an indemnity payment for losing his job, and just weeks before taking up another post with the Senate’s president, UMP party member Gérard Larcher. Mathilde Mathieu reports on the latest example of the gravy-train lifestyle enjoyed at the Senate, whose UMP party group is at the centre of an ongoing judicial investigation into suspected money laundering and misuse of public funds.    

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Last December, the secretary general of the conservative UMP party group in the French Senate, Alain Sauret, received 173,000 euros in indemnity payments after leaving his post to become, immediately afterwards, an advisor for the president of the upper house, UMP Senator Gérard Larcher, Mediapart can reveal.