Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Spain… and now France: over the last decade, many European Union member states have been subjected to profound labour law reforms. New laws were passed, allegedly, in the name of the fight against unemployment. But studies published since, including by the most liberal of institutions, are unanimous: their influence over a boost in employment has been minimal. The truth is, in fact, rather bruising: these new policies have resulted in soaring precariousness and a fall of wages.
Investigate Europe investigation into public IT contracting practices prompts French officials to call for a public inquiry into defence contracts handed to Microsoft.
While a cyberattack exploiting a vulnerability in older versions of Windows targeted tens of thousands of computers around the world, the French ministry of Defence is about to renew its contract with Microsoft. As for Bill Gates, he was recently decorated with the Legion of Honnor. French magazine Marianne and Investigate Europe reporter Leïla Miñano investigate the close ties between the Redmond firm and the French state.
Read more in FRENCH via Marianne (paid content).