Monopoly power versus public service
Huge fees for bankers, lawyers and lobbyists, crony capitalism and conflicts of interests, profit extraction on climate funds and essential services... An analysis, commissioned by Public Services International, of the controversial takeover of Suez by Veolia, one year on after the deal was completed.
GAFAM Nation. Big Tech’s web of influence in France
Rapidly increasing lobbying expenses, revolving doors, secret contacts at the Elysée Palace, financial partnerships with media, think tanks and research institutions... A dive into the formidable lobbying and influence machine of Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Facebook in France.
The CAC40’s web
As part of our “true annual report” of CAC40 companies, we analysed the make-up of the boards of directors of the 40 corporations in the flagship Paris stock market index. Our findings help explain the remarkable cohesion and solidarity of French big business, as well as the web of influence it has woven in the media and in French society at large.
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- 13.09.2016 France’s Blatant Disregard for the Health of its People – How the Government and Lobby Groups have been Pushing Diesel Cars
A global shopping centres giant that has the ear of local politicians.Check the full profile
A pharma giant that has become synonymous with job cuts and prioritising shareholders over public health.Check the full profile
A subsidiary of the Dassault Group, which specialises in 3D software, is one of the most generous of all CAC40 for its executives-shareholders.Check the full profile
The company founded in 1926 by Marcel Bleustein has become one of the world leaders in advertising and communication.Check the full profile
The very prototype of a European corporate champion, the global leader in aeronautics and armament carries considerable political weight.Check the full profile
A construction group at the heart of French capitalism, which has diversified into telecommunications and media.Check the full profile
A global leader in industrial gases, Air Liquide is intent on putting hydrogen at the centre of the climate transition.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
Who’s after the French “Citizens’ Climate Convention”?
This report lifts the veil on the large-scale and particularly violent lobbying offensive against the proposals of the French Citizens’ Climate Convention.
Shale gas: how Algerians rallied against the Regime and Foreign Oil Companies
Fracking in the Algerian Sahara, environmental justice and the role of France and of its oil major Total.
Allô Bercy? Corporate Welfare in a Time of Pandemic
The French government offered unprecedented financial support to businesses in response to the Covid pandemic, and large corporations have greatly profited from it.
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