Corruption Central?

I think the tag is all but undeniable, and the French get the prize: Most Corrupt Western Nation.

Chirac allies in spotlight at Paris 'bribes' trial

PARIS, March 21 (AFP) - Senior allies of President Jacques Chirac - including four former ministers - were among nearly 50 people who appeared in court in Paris on Monday at the start of one of France's biggest ever political corruption trials. A total of 47 defendants - including politicians, party officials, and representatives of some of France's biggest building companies - are accused of fixing public works contracts in the Paris region in order to obtain illegal party funding.

And anyone, ever doubted these guys were up to their eyeballs in 'Food for Oil'?

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