File - A picture taken on April 27, 2014 shows a French flag (R) and French engineering group Alstom's flag flying in the wind in Levallois-Perret, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK
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France has failed to convict a single company for corruption abroad since an international anti-bribery convention came into force 15 years ago.France pushed hard for the 1999 convention against foreign bribery at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, but Paris has been consistently criticized in its reports ever since.Major international prosecutions, including Alstom, have been settled in this way.Transparency International recently called for France to do the same.Moulette, the OECD's anti-corruption chief, agreed that settlements "cannot be the answer to everything". He said there were clear signs France was taking the challenge more seriously, appointing a national financial prosecutor last year, and launching further reforms this autumn.
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