Saturday, September 15, 2007

Copé Copes with Disappointment

Jean-François Copé, who heads the UMP group in parliament, has taken a part-time position with the law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel, which also happens to represent the state in the GDF-Suez merger (and Lagardère Services in some of its dealings in Russia). Copé was disappointed that Sarkozy did not make him a minister, and he has been among the more vocal critics of both l'ouverture and the social VAT. He seems to be assuaging his disappointment by risking a clear conflict of interest. What he earns from the law firm will supplement the 9500 euros a month he already collects as mayor of Meaux and deputy. Le cumul des mandats indeed!

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