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Le Figaro - France | Thursday, July 3, 2014

French judiciary too political

In view of the investigations against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy the conservative daily Le Figaro rejects talk of a conspiracy but voices concern about the neutrality of the French judiciary: "The magistrate's union has its roots on the left, and it makes no bones about it: its chairman even went as far as openly opposing Sarkozy in [the presidential elections of] 2012. Is that normal? This question must be asked now that one of its members has been charged with investigating the former president. … Such confusion is banned in Spain. Neutrality is the rule in Britain. Even the European Court of Human Rights - which no one suspects of opposing freedoms - imposes restrictions on its judges. This is not about denouncing any sort of plot, as some on the left would have us believe, but about the need to restore confidence in a judiciary that is tasked with serving the interests of the public as a whole."

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