Stricter rules imposed on French lawmakers' expenses
Nov. 29, 2017
PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of Parliament has adopted stricter rules for the use of public money by lawmakers.
The National Assembly said in a statement Wednesday that lawmakers will have to keep record of all expenses they make in relation with their position. They get a monthly amount of 5,373 euros ($6,359) for that purpose.
Lawmakers' accounts will be investigated at random at least once in their five-year term.
Until this new code of practice, lawmakers' expenses were not assessed.
For the first time, a list will detail authorized expenses and those which are banned —including financing a political party and buying or renting a building owned by the lawmakers' family.
President Emmanuel Macron has made a point of making French politics more ethical.