French President Promises Cleanup After Ex-Minister Admits to Secret Swiss Account


The Chosun Ilbo
April 4, 2013

French President Francois Hollande has promised sweeping new anti-corruption measures, a day after his former budget minister admitted having had a secret foreign bank account containing hundreds of thousands of euros.

In a taped television address Wednesday, Hollande said he would introduce legislation requiring government ministers and members of parliament to declare and publish details of their personal wealth, and would take steps to strengthen the independence of the judiciary.

He also said that public officials convicted of fraud or corruption would be permanently banned from holding public office.

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