We, citizens who stand up against corruption

Already more than 16,700 signatories! Sign up to our appeal for the fight against corruption, this scourge “which places the State in peril and creates an insufferable fatigue of democracy”, and which was launched in Paris on October 19th by journalists Fabrice Arfi, Benoît Collombat, Antoine Peillon and Edwy Plenel, with the support of magistrates, jurists, lawyers, police officers, criminologists, sociologists, economists, anthropologists and philosophers and Palermo (Italy) public prosecutor Roberto Scarpinato.

Already more than 16,700 signatories! Sign up to our appeal for the fight against corruption, this scourge “which places the State in peril and creates an insufferable fatigue of democracy”, and which was launched in Paris on October 19th by journalists Fabrice Arfi, Benoît Collombat, Antoine Peillon and Edwy Plenel, with the support of magistrates, jurists, lawyers, police officers, criminologists, sociologists, economists, anthropologists and philosophers and Palermo (Italy) public prosecutor Roberto Scarpinato.


 

We citizens, journalists, magistrates, jurists, lawyers, police officers, criminologists, sociologists, economists, anthropologists and philosophers, witness a generalisation of corruption which places the State in peril and creates an insufferable fatigue of democracy. This threat to our Republic is certainly nourished by the banality of conflicts of interest and backhand arrangements with civic morals, but also by the growing weakness of the means employed in the fight against this scourge that is dangerous for democracy.

While a situation of political chaos is no longer an implausible hypothesis in France today, the signatories of this appeal, and drawing on their diverse experiences, call upon the citizens of our country to join in a civic mobilisation aimed at removing the institutional, cultural, political and judicial barriers that prevent effective action and allow for the worst. The engagement in true opposition against corruption is urgent.   

Solutions exist: that of making the public prosecutor’s office independent of political power, to criminalise corruption, to dissolve the Court of Justice of the Republic (the only court in France competent to investigate and try serving and former government members for wrongdoings while in office), the massive recruitment of investigating magistrates, police, customs officers and tax inspectors, the suppression of the prerogatives of the French finance ministry concerning tax fraud, a reform of the system which forbids disclosure of information for reasons of  French ‘defence secrecy’, the reform of Article 40 of French criminal law to allow greater protection of public sector whistleblowers, the preventive confiscation of ‘ill-gotten gains’ (assets acquired by plundering national wealth) and their transfer to the domain of the public good (associations, museums or municipalities), a vote in parliament on a new law governing the banking sector which sets a true separation between savings deposits and speculative funds.     

The signatories of this appeal pledge to develop, with all those who join with them, their expertise in, and common denunciation of, corruption. They will continue to publicly carry forward the dual requirement for truth concerning affairs of wrongdoing and of regenerating virtue.

The signatories invite every citizen to sign this appeal (see further below) published by Mediapart.

Initial signatories:

Eric Alt, magistrate; Fabrice Arfi, journalist; Raymond Avrillier, trainer; William Bourdon, lawyer; Benoît Collombat, journalist; Chantal Cutajar, university jurist; Gilbert Flam, magistrate; Cynthia Fleury, philosopher; Antoine Garapon, magistrate; Paul Jorion, economist; François Morin, economist; Pierre Lascoumes, sociologist; Antoine Peillon, journalist; Jean-Paul Philippe, police officer; Monique Pinçon-Charlot, sociologist; Michel Pinçon, sociologist; Edwy Plenel, editor-in-chief of Mediapart; Roberto Scarpinato, Palermo public prosecutor.

With Michel Broué, mathematician; Alain Caillé, sociologist; Christian Chavagneux, journalist; Thierry Colombié, economist; François Dubet, sociologist; Charles Duchaine, magistrate; Hervé Falciani, HSBC whistleblower; Guy Flury, former statutory auditor; Nicolas Forissier, former internal auditor UBS, whistleblower; Stéphanie Gibaud, UBS whistleblower; Christian Laval, sociologist; Yann Le Bihen, lawyer; Raphaël Liogier, sociologist; Dominique Méda, sociologist; Claude Neuschwander, former company head (Lip) ; Charles Prats, magistrate; Alex du Prel, journalist; Hervé Preuilh, police officer; Denis Robert, writer; Christian Salmon, writer and researcher; Bernard Stiegler, philosopher; Michel Terestchenko, philosopher; Flore Vasseur, writer; Patrick Viveret, philosopher, honorary magistrate; Jean Ziegler, sociologist.

  • To sign this appeal in the box below, please begin by giving your last name, then in the box below that your first name, followed in the next boxes by entering your profession or occupation (this is optional), the name of the place (city, town or village etc) where you live and lastly your email address (which will not be published). If you accept to be eventually recontacted by Mediapart, please click-tick the small box alongside the phrase in French 'J'accepte d'être recontacté(e) par Mediapart'. Finally, to confirm your submission, click on the 'OK' button.
  • If you wish to consult the list of online signatories, click on the line in blue which reads 'Pour consulter la liste des signataires en ligne, cliquez ici'.

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