Thursday, September 27, 2007

Copé Under Fire

Jean-François Copé, the head of the UMP group at the National Assembly, whose extracurricular legal work for Gide Loyrette Nouel was previously reported on here, has come under fire from members of his own party, among others. In addition to his parliamentary job, his position as deputy, and his outside legal work, he is also a mayor and président d'agglomération. "Now there's a guy who really understood the president's message: travailler plus pour gagner plus," commented François Goulard, UMP deputy and former minister of research. Patrick Devedjian, the party head, said that "there is a need to be more rigorous regarding the combination of a mandate as deputy with outside professional activity."

Copé defended himself by saying that it was "useful for a deputy to maintain a certain number of ties to realities on the ground." To judge by the picture to the left, he's also a Marlboro Man in his spare time.

Some 100 deputies exercise outside professional activities, according to Copé, who testified before Édouard Balladur's constitutional reform commission.

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