Mediapart and Sarkozy Campaign Allegations Reignited

An article published on December 12 in the French Vanity Fair has resurfaced issues in the ongoing investigation into an alleged donation Nicolas Sarkozy received from the Libyan dictatorship during his 2007 presidential campaign. In March and April of 2012, French online investigative journal Mediapart published a document stating that former president Nicolas Sarkozy had received donations […]

Marine Le Pen Accused of Conflict of Interests in European Parliament

The leader of the far-right group Front National (FN) has become embroiled in a scandal over the hiring of her boyfriend as an assistant in the European Parliament. Louis Aliot, the deputy leader of the FN and long-time boyfriend of Marine Le Pen, is thought to have received 5,000 Euros a month from the European […]

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 […]

Jérôme Cahuzac and the Swiss Bank Account Scandal

Since December 4, 2012, the website Mediapart has released vast amounts of information regarding Jérôme Cahuzac, the French Minister of the Budget. Most notably, the site claimed that Cahuzac possessed a secret bank account in Switzerland through UBS. François Bonnet, the editor-in-chief at Mediapart stated that the account was created during Cahuzac’s stay in Geneva […]