The Straits Times
Published on Nov 22, 2012

Audit slams mismanagement at top French university


PARIS (AFP) - France's elite university Sciences Po was dogged by repeated fiscal mismanagement between 2005 and 2010 under its last head, the country's top audit court said in a report on Thursday.

The institution, formally known as the Paris Institute of Political Studies suffered greatly during the tenure of its last director, the charismatic Mr Richard Descoings, who was found dead of heart failure in a New York hotel in April, it said.

"The maze of responsibilities is complex," said Mr Didier Migaud, the head of the Cour des Comptes, while presenting the report, which however did not pinpoint blame on any individual or official.

Mr Migaud said the Court of Budget and Financial Discipline (CDBF) would pursue the probe.