A new parliamentary bill was introduced in France on 13 February 2013 establishing a right for anti-corruption associations to instigate law suits. The bill creates a new article in the French Code of Criminal Procedure (Article 2-22). Article 2-22 allows any association lawfully registered for at least five years, and whose purpose is to fight against acts of corruption, to exercise the same rights as victims of those acts.

The right to initiate legal claims is already recognised by French law for other types of protective associations such as; environmental protection, domestic violence or racism, and the new bill aims to extend this power to anti-corruption associations.