Transparency International (TI) has concluded in its Annual Report for 2011 that France is not presently doing enough to combat corruption. The report notes that 24 cases of corruption have resulted in judicial investigations over the last ten years in France, compared with 176 in Germany and 275 in the United States.
The report also highlights:
- the extension of powers allowing accused persons to negotiate penalties ("plaider coupable") with the prosecutor after pleading guilty to minor offences, thereby avoiding publicity; and
- possible conflicts of interest around the independence of the National Prosecutor who is appointed by the French President and may therefore not be sufficiently impartial.