Keyword: scandals

France's equivalent of Scotland Yard in crisis

A string of sex, fraud and drug scandals has recently engulfed Paris's criminal investigation force, which is based at 36 Quai des Orfèvres.

Main beneficiaries from scandals on left and right in France will be extremists

As Tapie affair grows, Marine Le Pen, the far-right National Front leader, delights in denouncing a privileged ruling caste on left and right.

Schooled for scandal: the 'affairs' of the French Left


Mediapart’s revelations that French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac held for many years a secret Swiss bank account has met with either hostile reaction or embarrassed silence among his colleagues in the Socialist Party. While it is inflexible and demanding in its approach to scandals involving the Right, the Left has often demonstrated an unwillingness to face up to those other scandals in its own midst, argues here Mediapart legal affairs specialist Michel Deléan, who catalogues a (non-exhaustive) history of scams that have undermined previous socialist governments.

Sarkozy re-election snarled by probes, threatening euro role

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's re-election threatened by corruption probes involving his associates, his popularity rating close to record low.

The farce of Sarkozy's reshuffle and the crisis it cannot hide

No control: President Nicolas Sarkozy. © Reuters No control: President Nicolas Sarkozy. © Reuters

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has re-appointed François Fillon as prime minister, and the long-awaited ministerial reshuffle has happened. The president hopes it will turn a political page on a volatile social crisis and the scandals rocking his presidency. But, argues Mediapart's Laurent Mauduit, the stage-managed media rumours surrounding the future government and an abscence of political debate before its composition speak volumes about the president's attachment to democracy as well as the extent of a crisis within his own political camp.