Keeping it in the family – a fifth of French MPs employ their relatives


French MPs have recently been obliged to make public not just their financial interests but also who they hire to work for them. According to these official declarations and Mediapart's own research at least a fifth of all elected members of the National Assembly have employed a family member in 2014. Of these, 52 were spouses, 32 were daughters and 28 were sons. Mathilde Mathieu reports on the domestic world of French parliamentarians.

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An investigation by Mediapart has revealed that a fifth of all French MPs – 115 out of 577 – have employed a member of their family as part of their parliamentary team in 2014, either on permanent or temporary contracts. The investigation, which follows the recent publication of MPs' declarations of interest and the names of their staff, shows that eight MPs even employ two members of their family.