Friday, 6 September 2013

Once an area is repopulated by third world people, of course it begins to have a third-world culture. And that means pervasive corruption.
A French MP was sentenced to jail this week for spending €740,000 of public funds on vote-buying in her Marseille constituency. Yet Sylvie Andrieux is being viewed as a martyr in Marseille, where corruption seems to come with the territory.

By Sophie PILGRIM (text)

Tough-talking and colourful, 51-year-old Sylvie Andrieux had been performing on the political stage of France’s second-largest city for decades. But on Wednesday, the popular Socialist MP was handed a three-year jail sentence and banned from serving in office for five years after she was found guilty of spending taxpayers’ money on vote-buying.

Between 2005 and 2008, during which time she served as both MP and county councillor in the southern Bouches-du-Rhône region, Andrieux is said to have siphoned off some 740,000 euros of public funds. According to prosecutors, Andrieux knowingly allocated grants to phoney associations, which were fashioned to look like social outfits for disadvantaged youths or deprived neighbourhoods. Those funds were then used to sweeten voters in return for their support at the polls.

According to journalist Frédéric Legrand of Marseille-based website Chez Albert, these so-called sweeteners would have ranged from a place at the local crèche to the promise of a council house. “Everybody here knows that in order to get social housing you need to ‘know’ a politician,” he told FRANCE. “In turn, politicians know that if they don’t give anything to their electorate, they won’t get voted for.”

‘Institutionalised corruption’

Legrand suggested that far from acting alone, Andrieux was embroiled in an age-old and inextricable system. “Corruption in politics is almost institutionalised here,” he said. “Andrieux was acting no differently from any other politician.”

In what could be viewed as recognition of such a claim, Andrieux’s peers from the region – even those of rival parties – were quick to support her following Wednesday’s sentence, which her lawyers appealed and described as “sickening”. Andrieux, who will be forced to pay a fine of 100,000 euros on top of her three-year jail sentence (two of which are suspended), claims she didn’t know what was going on.

“I am shocked and dumbfounded by this unjust decision,” Socialist county councillor Garo Hovsépian told France Télevisions on Thursday. “Andrieux is paying for others, paying for the poisonous climate there is in France at the moment.”

Overseas MP Thierry Mariani, who has been on the Bouches-du-Rhône political scene as long as Andrieux but with the rival UMP party, also criticised the ruling. “Sylvie Andrieux is paying heavily for something that she didn’t act alone in,” he said. “She’s an easy scapegoat in a system where there are most certainly many more people involved.”

Only locals from the far-right National Front party (FN), which has pledged to tackle political corruption as part of its 2014 municipal election campaign, condemned the Socialist MP. “We [at the FN] have been denouncing this system for a long time,” said county councillor Stéphane Ravier, who was beaten by Andrieux in last June’s legislative election by just one percentage point. “I just hope voters won’t forget this incident,” he added.

...But while many would dismiss the Andrieux vote-buying affair as something typical of Marseille – where a history of banditry has left the city with an unshakeable reputation for delinquency – for local journalist Legrand, the problem is not endemic to the south of France. “This is going on all over the country,” he argued. “The only difference in Marseille is that politicians don’t bother to cover their tracks properly.” Legrand attributes this carelessness to a “general acceptance of corruption” in the region.
Source: France24

Of course the third-world aspect of this is completely omitted from the news report, even if hinted at by the Front National taking a different position.

This next report shows how far the corruption has gone: the Muslim drug dealers are running the voting stations. The person interviewed, Saïd Ahamada, of Comoran origin, has just founded an association called Avenir-Marseille-Egalité [Future-Marseilles-Equality].
What's your view of the current situation in Marseilles?
The city is clearly divided in two. The inhabitants of the northern districts, it may be from the negligence of public transport, have a strong feeling of being hemmed in. Today, Marseilles consists of ghettos. The poor people in the north, the less poor and the rich in the south. I'm convinced the politicians are satisfied with that. And that the big declarations from various people about the war on drug-dealing in the estates are a sham. In reality, I don't believe in the willingness of the state to eradicate the drug-trafficking. I think that the authorities anticipate the fact that if the drug-dealing networks were destroyed, crime could be displaced to other criminal activities (kidnapping, for example, like in Latin America) targeting the top layers of society.


Does Marseilles politics need to be revolutionised?

Clientelism [tn: favours for votes] is the bane of this city. Example: associations run by notorious drug dealers are subsidised from public funds. In exchange, the "caïds"* [tn: local crime bosses] of the district run the polling stations! I have seen, with my own eyes, guys who are in the pay of the dealers forbidding people from closing the curtain of the voting booth or demanding that they take only one ballot. And the same gangsters then get jobs on the local council!

* The word caïd has spread into French usage from North Africa. There it means a local judge or a leader. In France, it is now used to indicate a local crime boss like a mafia capo or gang leader, implicitly of North African origin.


Anonymous said...

Really, what could go wrong. 14 words

Anonymous said...

Yes, third world means third rate. But don't think that means western countries are angels in comparison. Look at Australia for instance. This website exposes political corruption in that country.

Anonymous said...

Christians 'will be minority in Germany'

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