National Assembly finance commission

Radical-left take charge of French parliament's key finance committee

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The presidency of the National Assembly's powerful finance committee, which can investigate the tax affairs of individuals and corporations, and the spending of ministries, has been handed to Éric Coquerel, a Member of Parliament from the radical-left La France Insoumise party, a consequence of President Emmanuel Macron's party losing its absolute majority in the house in recent legislative elections.

Audit court slams France's private motorway operators

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In 2006, France introduced the total privatisation of three-quarters of its vast motorway network, leaving almost 9,000 kilometres under the management of three concession operators. A report this summer by the country’s national audit court, commissioned by a parliamentary finance commission, presents a damning picture of practices since the sell-off and calls for far tighter controls of the operators. Dan Israel reports.