Time to increase election spending to stop corruption

Even the most pernickety scrutiniser of French politics would be hard pressed to get excited about the latest corruption scandal swirling around Emmanuel Macron.

In early June, an evidence bundle was handed to Paris prosecutors alleging that the President’s election accounts were less than regular.

It was claimed that En Marche! (On the Move!) – the liberal, centrist movement that propelled Mr Macron to power – broke electoral campaigning spending rules.

More specifically, 75% reductions were obtained on the hire of venues, and there were similar discounts from service providers who helped EM! get their candidate into the Elysée Palace in May last year. 

Two theatres used for rallies were owned by a friend of Mr Macron too, suggesting favouritism, so compounding the “offence” of trying to save ...

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