illégal

French lower house approves bill of law to punish prostitutes' clients

France — Link

The National Assembly approved the legislation to punish sex clients while removing punishment for soliciting, but it will now return to Senate.

French tax on non-resident EU national's secondary homes ruled illegal

France — Link

European Court of Justice ruling makes France liable to reimburse 'social charge' applied to capital gains from sale or rental income.

French police dismantle illegal Bitcoin exchange

France — Link

Two people in Cannes and Nice arested after police seized 388 virtual currency units worth €200,000 euros in the first such operation in Europe.

France says studying all options for supertax on wealthy

France — Link

French finance ministers seek to revive controversial supertax on the wealthy after a proposed 75 percent levy on millionaires was shot down.

The arms dealer, the French presidency and the dirty truth

France — Opinion

In July, Mediapart began the publication of a series of investigative articles about the very close and longstanding links between Franco-Lebanese arms dealer Ziad Takieddine and the inner circle of advisors and aides surrounding Nicolas Sarkozy - before and after he became French president. Takieddine is a key witness in an ongoing French judicial probe into suspected illegal party financing through commissions paid in a major French weapons sale, and Mediapart's revelations raise disturbing questions about other deals he was involved in. In a brief interview with Mediapart in July, Takieddine declared: "I'm a clean man and you're dirty. You're one of the filthy who are most productive in the muck." Here, Mediapart Editor-in-Chief Edwy Plenel sets out the key issues exposed by the investigations, and argues why an unprecedented chain of corruption is strangling France's institutions.