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Monday, November 22, 2004

Poacher turned gamekeeper?

A new scandal at the EU Commission: the French appointee Jacques Barrot apparently has a track record for embezzlement which he has failed to make public. The BBC calls this a "failure to disclose a previous conviction for embezzlement" (my emphasis) which seems an odd way of putting things, though I can see what they mean. I can’t help thinking that offering a convicted embezzler a top job in Brussels is a bit like inviting a reformed alcoholic to a cocktail party. Even in France one imagines there are public servants who have yet to be caught with their fingers in the till, so I suppose that Chirac’s amnesty to Barrot and his subsequent promotion is an indication of how seriously the French are to stamp out fraud at the highest levels of the European Union.

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