The case of the French justice minister, an MP friend and a muzzled prosecution service


Earlier this month it was revealed that a French justice minister, Jean-Jacques Urvoas, passed on to a Member of Parliament confidential information about a police investigation targeting the MP for suspected tax fraud, money laundering and influence peddling. Mediapart investigative journalist Fabrice Arfi sets out here why the case is just the latest demonstration of the intolerable lack of independence of France’s prosecution services.

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It could be a sort of judicial interpretation of the “chicken-and-the-egg” dilemma, in which former socialist justice minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas is the egg.