Whistleblower Condamin-Gerbier Admits to Lying About Tax Evasion List

In June, ex-banker Pierre Condamin-Gerbier, a key figure in the ongoing Cahuzac affair, shocked France when he announced before a Senate hearing that he had a list of 15 prominent French politicians—including, he claimed, a cabinet minister—with money secretly stashed away in Swiss bank accounts. The list’s biggest secret? It never existed. Condamin-Gerbier’s Swiss court-appointed […]

Environment Minister Batho Fired, Hollande Criticized

French President Francois Hollande promptly fired Delphine Batho, a member of the Parti socialiste (PS) and now-former Environment Minister of France, after she voiced her displeasure on RTL Radio with the “bad” proposed 7% cut to the energy and environment ministry. “Of course there will be…budget tightening,” Batho noted, “but there are also other ways of proceeding, […]

FN Loses – Narrow Margin Raises Fears

The Union pour un mouvement populaire has beaten the Front national in the Villeneuve-sur-Lot special election to replace disgraced former Parti socialiste MP, Jérôme Cahuzac. While most on the French political left and center are relieved that the FN has been defeated, many are expressing shock and dismay at how close the socially ultraconservative party […]

Hollande and the Left-Wing Paradox

François Hollande has been in power for almost a year. He was elected on a platform containing three main themes: fight unregulated finance, do politics differently, and solve the chronic deficit of the national budget. He was elected by a wide coalition of voters, ranging from a traditional – now seen as radical and old […]

Hollande Promises Reporting Measures Following Budget Minister Scandal

After Wednesday’s weekly cabinet meeting on April 10, French President Francois Hollande gave a press conference where he detailed a plan to make politician’s private finances more transparent. Following the scandalous resignation of his budget minister, Jérôme Cahuzac, last month, Hollande pledged to act immediately to prevent such corruption, introducing the strictest reporting requirements for […]

Who Knew? – More People Found to be in the Know about Cahuzac’s Foreign Bank Accounts

Philippe Pénique, a former lawyer, assured the press on April 4, 2013 that he had absolutely no knowledge that Cahuzac opened an account at UBS in 1992. Pénique, who actually opened the account for Cahuzac and is close to the President of the National Front (a nationalistic political party), now finds himself in the heart […]

Cahuzac Guilty, Admits to Having a Swiss Bank Account

One week after resigning his post as French Budget Minister amidst a probe into his private bank accounts, Jérôme Cahuzac admitted on Tuesday, April 2 that he did in fact possess the alleged foreign bank account with Swiss bank, Reyl and Cie. Despite his decision to resign on March 26, Cahuzac vehemently denied the existence of […]

Counter Powers: Democracy in Action

Simply speaking, it was an exciting week in French politics. In less than seven days, the majority didn’t qualify for the second round of a by-election, the Budget Minister was forced to resign, and a motion of no confidence, rejected by the Parliament and the former President of the Republic, was put under formal investigation […]