Moralization law: reverse for the clean criminal record


One of Emmanuel Macron's campaign promises was finally sidelined earlier this week in the National Assembly. The requirement to have a clean criminal record in order to stand for election was waived during the debates concerning the draft laws on the moralization of public life. According to the Government, the requirement of a clean criminal record entailed a "risk of unconstitutionality". Several elected officials deplored a "setback" of the government on this issue. During the meeting, sanctions in the event of breach of probity for elected officials were adopted: the deputies indeed voted for an amendment providing for a “compulsory additional penalty of ineligibility” in the event of breach of probity.

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