Corrupt in French
Verb corrompre: to corrupt

The French verb corrompre belongs to the same family as rompre (to break" and so, it is conjugated the same way.)
The noun is la corruption (f). It is used in the same situations as "to corrupt".
Here are some examples using the French verb corrompre:

  • L'Empire romain s'est éteint à cause des invasions de barbares et surtout parce que ses dirigeants étaient corrompus.
    The Roman Empire disappeared because of the Barbarian invasions and because its leaders were corrupted.
  • La corruption a fait des ravages parmi les policiers.
    Corruption wreaked havoc amongst the policemen.
  • Elle a été corrompue en son cœur et âme par des gens peu scrupuleux.
    She's been corrupted in her heart and soul by unscrupulous people.

Idioms synonyms of the French verb corrompre:

  • Pot de vin (m): kickback/ hush money
  • Graisser la patte: to grease someone's palm
  • Caresser dans le sens du poil: to rub somebody the right way
  • Donner/verser un dessous de table : pay a backhander

The French verb corrompre in context:

Un hôpital français poursuivi par plus d'une centaine de patients.

Janvier 2008. Un centre hospitalier du sud-ouest de la France est actuellement en procès avec des patients atteints de cancers ou de tumeurs suivant un traitement aux rayons.

Ces personnes qui ont reçu une dose trop élevée ont vu leur maladie empirer et certains d'entre eux sont déjà décédés mais l'établissement refuse de reconnaître ses torts et de transférer au juge une pièce importante du dossier.

Cette pièce contient les détails de l'arrangement qui lie le fabricant de l'appareil défectueux en question (une société américaine) et l'hôpital français.

Ce refus éveille des soupçons de corruption de la part de l'hôpital étant donné que cet équipement lui a coûté plusieurs millions d'euros.

Les victimes ont demandé quelques milliers d'euros en réparation, ce qui semble peu, sachant que la plupart d'entre elles ne pourront plus travailler ou ont perdu leur emploi à cause des conséquences du traitement.


Inspired by:
http://www.libetoulouse.fr/2007/2008/01/il-y-a-ceux-qui.html

English translation:

A French hospital is sued by more than one hundred patients.

January 2008. Patients suffering from cancer or tumours and who followed a radiation therapy are currently suing a general hospital located in the southwest of France.

These people received a too high a dose that worsened their disease and some have already died, but the hospital refuses to recognise its responsibility and to deliver an important document for the trial to the judge.

This document contains the details of the agreement between the French hospital and the manufacturer of the defective machinery in question (an American company).

This refusal arouses suspicion of corruption on the hospital's part given that this equipment cost them several million euros.

The victims have asked for thousands of euros in compensation, which seems very little, knowing that most of them won't be able to work again or have already lost their jobs as a consequence of the treatment.

Written and compiled by Charlotte Chateau.

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