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Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron, last week made a sweeping proposal to reform the French political system. Among the proposed measures are the elimination of a special tribunal, or “privileged forum”, that tries politicians.

That tribunal, composed of members of Parliament and France’s Supreme Court, has never sent a ranking political figure to jail.

In Brazil, just as in France, there is a “privileged forum” for politicians holding federal elective or executive office—they can only be tried by the Supreme Court (STF).

So if you committed graft as . . .

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