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Bouygues, Suez-Lyonnaise and Vivendi in corruption investigation in France : Corruption Case


In 1998 the three largest construction groups in France - Bouygues, Suez-Lyonnaise, and Vivendi - were the subject of a major investigation by two judges, for a scandal which Le Monde (10 Dec 1998) described as "an agreed system for misappropriation of public funds".

The companies participated in a corrupt cartel over building work for schools in the Ile-de-France region (around paris) between 1989 and 1996. Contracts worth FF 28 billion (about $500m) were shared out by the three groups,

The system also involved political corruption: a levy of 2% on all contracts was paid to finance the major political parties in the region (RPR, PR, PS, PC).

Jacques Durand, commercial director of GTM - was indicted on 22 October for corruption, bribery, favouritism, and anti-competitive practices ("corruption, trafic d'influence, recel de favoritisme et pratiquesanticoncurrentielles").


The following lists all references contained in our database that are relevant to this briefing
Reuters [2/13/1996] ' PARIS COMPETITION COUNCIL FINES 36 BUILDING FIRMS' by PIERRE TRAN [Source ID = 479]

les Echos [5/10/1996] '' [Source ID = 2004]

Reuters [10/6/1997] '' [Source ID = 2622]

FT [8/1/1996] '' [Source ID = 2692]

FT, Les Echos [2/20/1997] 'FT, Les Echos' [Source ID = 2694]

Les Echos [9/11/1997] 'Scandal hits Bouygues shares' [Source ID = 2701]

Le Monde [12/10/1998] 'UN SYSTEME D'ENTENTE MIS AU JOUR DANS L'AFFAIRE DES LYCEES D'ILE-DE-FRANCE' by ACQUES FOLLOROU [Source ID = 3563]

 [] '' [Source ID = 5762]

Water Tech. Online [11/19/2001] 'French Communist head didn't take water bribes, court says' by Water Tech. Online [Source ID = 6163]


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