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The global call centre giant has built its fortune on exploiting a young, abundant and cheap workforce.Check the full profile
From the financial crisis of 2008 to the Panama Papers and the financing of fossil fuels, a bank struggling to restore its imageCheck the full profile
A construction group at the heart of French capitalism, which has diversified into telecommunications and media.Check the full profile
Advertising, book publishing, television, media, video games: the Vincent Bolloré-controlled conglomerate yields a lot of influence.Check the full profile
The distant heir to the prestigious industrial group founded in 1836 in Le Creusot is now managed from Hong Kong.Check the full profile
A historic pillar of French industry, still highly influential, with a tight control over the building materials sectorCheck the full profile
A digital tech and services specialist that cultivates close connections to government.Check the full profile
The global luxury goods giant headed by Bernard Arnault is now Europe’s largest market capitalisation.Check the full profile
The French government offered unprecedented financial support to businesses in response to the Covid pandemic, and large corporations have greatly profited from it.
A growing wave of cities putting water back under public control has now spread to dozens of countries impacting 100 million people.
A collaborative report by civil society and media organisations sheds light on Europe’s richest, how they built their wealth and how they use it.