France: A Whiff of Corruption

A Whiff of Corruption

France loves a good summer scandal, and this year it has an intriguing one. When conservative Minister for Cooperation and Development Michel Aurillac came into office, he discovered some irregularities left behind by Christian Nucci, his Socialist predecessor and creator of Carrefour du Developpement, an organization designed to publicize Third World concerns. The state auditor has been unable to account for $1.4 million in the Carrefour budget. In addition, more than $6 million was spent by Nucci's agency on a two-day conference in Burundi in 1984.

Questions were also raised about Yves Chalier, the treasurer of Carrefour, who apparently authorized spending...

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