France has failed to convict a single company for corruption abroad since an international anti-bribery convention came into force 15 years ago. Some critics say it is now time to American-ise the judicial system.
Last year, French power company Alstom agreed to pay a huge $772-million (688-million-euro) fine for bribing officials all over the world, including in Egypt, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
But the record fine headed straight into the coffers of the United States Department of Justice, which carried out the prosecution.
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