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Article published the Friday 28 June 2013 - Latest update : Saturday 29 June 2013

70 percent of French people say politicians are corrupt

French President François Hollande and former minister Jérome Cahuzac
French President François Hollande and former minister Jérome Cahuzac
REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

By RFI

Political crookedness continues to loom over French people with a new poll saying seven out of ten people perceive politicians as corrupt. This is up from 54 per cent three years ago.

Only 29 per cent of people see the latest scandals, from former Minister Jérôme Cahuzac’s offshore bank accounts to the arbitration award granted to business tycoon Bernard Tapie, as isolated cases.

But it's not just honesty that carries weight, according to the BVA survey released Friday.

For the majority of the French, competence is more important (38 per cent compared 28 per cent).

While just under 60 per cent of left-leaning French

Dossier - The Bettencourt scandal

people cited widespread corruption, two-thirds of the right consider political personalities corrupt.

This was the reverse during Sarkozy’s era during the beginning of the Liliane Bettencourt scandal.

France's socialist President François Hollande vowed to clean up politics when he was elected and made his ministers sign an anti-corruption pledge.

However, ongoing scandals continue to tarnish French politics.

tags: Corruption - France - François Hollande - French politics - Nicolas Sarkozy - Opinion polls
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