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Eva Joly: "I was able to use what was published"

 € œItâ € ™ sa long storyâ € | I learned French mainly with the lyrics of the World who were then on the front page at the time when I arrived [de Norvège] in France. It was in February 1964. I had bought a Larousse dictionary with my au pair pay and it was already an investment. I really did not speak French well – I had trouble ordering a taxi … I was starting to read the column at the top left of the â € œuneâ € and I was looking for all the words that I did not understand. It’s my first memory. I knew it was a quality journal, even though at the time I did not appreciate it because there are newspapers that we can not not read when one is abroad.

Coming from where I come from a family where politics was foreign to our universe, this has been for me the window on the world. It’s like that I’ve discovered the problematic geopolitics. For me, my insertion in French society, its culture, to read The world every day has been essential.

A newspaper is much more important than you think, because you do not just find what you’re looking for, but everything else. You will read the titles, discover the name of a book or be surprised by an article in a scientific supplement. Information that is not in your field but infuses and that makes your centers of interest expand. At justice, it is often said that a newspaper article is not a proof. It’s true, but it’s an easy excuse. To apprehend the real, it’s so precious.

The impression of a co-production

I have always thought, as a magistrate and as a politician, that there is nothing worse, after a journalistic investigation into financial crime, that nothing is going on. When The world reveals a malfunction, a fictitious job, and that the prosecutor’s office does not open an investigation, it opens the door to populism. Because if a serious newspaper documents and publishes the evidence and there is no judicial action, the opinion retains only one thing: that there are “them” “, On top of power, for whom everything is possible, and” us “, simple litigants, to whom nothing is happening. It’s like a stain.

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And then newspapers have a role of warning, they are counter-powers. In the Elf case, I went ahead with the revelations of the World and I sometimes had the impression that the journalist knew before me what was going to happen. I sometimes had the impression of a co-production, even if everyone was in his role. But I could use what was published and I did not miss it!

I’ve always kept the articles from World I was interested because it is how I document reality. I had put together files, one of which I had called “Reflections” and which contained articles put aside to dig the subject. I continue because I find almost every day an info that inspires me, that makes me want to write not to forget. It’s crazy what you can learn from reading a newspaper! To understand in which world we live, we must know what madness is leading us. AT”

Eva Joly was a judge of instruction specialized in politico-financial issues: she showed herself particularly in the case of Elf. She has been a candidate for Europe Ecology-The Greens at the 2012 Presidential and Ecologist at the European Parliament.

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