Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Bensimon: taking notes on the use of public funds?

As promised, we did a bit more poking around Mr. Jacques Bensimon's hospitality expenses and came across this gem:

http://www.taxpayer.com/pdf/BensimonJuppe2.pdf

The receipt itself is interesting - 2 people spending $49.50 for "refreshments" in the name of "business development" in Paris.

And it is also interesting that only an American Express receipt is turned in, so we don't know how many or in what form those "refreshments" were consumed.

But, what is most interesting is Mr. Bensimon's choice of guest.

It was none other than Isabelle Juppé the wife of former French Prime Minister Alain Juppé.

In 2004, Mr. Juppé was convicted of "abuse of public funds." He then fled France to Canada where taught at École nationale d'administration publique in Montreal.

Read more about Juppé here.

They're both back in France now as, Mr. Juppé, after being convicted of misusing public funds, he was elected the Mayor of Bordeaux.

Mr. Bensimon met with Isabelle about a month after Mr. Juppé's electoral victory.

Perhaps they were toasting their shared love of using public funds...

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