Although France is important in the international economy, and is the home jurisdiction of a number of large multinational corporations, it has never had a conviction for bribery of a foreign official. One reason for this may be France’s laws. On March 12, 2009, the Group of States Against Corruption (“GRECO”),38 the monitoring group under the Criminal Law Convention of the Council of Europe, published a report in which it found that current French laws do not permit a prosecutor to charge companies in connection with payments made to French officials abroad.39 In addition, French prosecutors are permitted to investigate anti-corruption offenses committed abroad only at the request of a foreign prosecutor and following a complaint by a victim or an official report from authorities where the offense was conducted. Moreover, a draft bill is pending that would require judges to request written permission for searches that involve defense secrets, setting forth the reasons for the search and the documents sought.40 The bill further provides for restricting access to locations “likely to [harbor] elements covered by the national defen[s]e” and “local private companies involved in research or defen[s]e.”41 Currently, judges can unilaterally issue search warrants. Additionally, judges may request that the Advisory Committee on National Defence Secrets (“CCSDN”) declassify documents. Under the new bill, the Ministry of Defence would issue such search warrants and the President of the CCSDN must be present during such searches. The procedures specified in this draft legislation would thus appear to remove the element of surprise that French judges currently possess,42 which could negatively impact an active investigation.43