Saturday, November 28, 2009

Settling Scores

Alain Carignon, the former mayor of Grenoble and minister of culture under Edouard Balladur, had national political ambitions and was a rising star on the right until he was prosecuted for corruption and sent to prison (a rarity in political corruption cases). He is now an advisor, "à titre amical," to his friend Brice Hortefeux. And he has found a way to settle scores with the man who prosecuted him, Philippe Courroye:

"Maintenant, M. Courroye passe ses vacances à Saint-Tropez, fréquente M. Bouygues, M. Pinault, et son épouse travaille pour M. Naouri, PDG de Casino, ironise-t-il. Il a même organisé un dîner entre l'enquêteur de la police judiciaire chargé du dossier Casino et Me Lombard, l'avocat. S'il s'appliquait sa doctrine des années 1990, il devrait se mettre lui-même en détention provisoire. Les juges d'instruction ont commis des excès, ils seront supprimés."

Philippe Bilger disapproves. And no doubt Bilger is right that the deposed mayor is surely not the most objective witness when it comes to the man who prosecuted him. But given the high connections of both men, their quarrel is not without interest.

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