it is shocking
I can understand why you would say that, but believe me, corruption still flows and money is used to lubricate all kinds of joints, and just because it is taboo to talk about it, it doesn't mean that it isn't happening. Almost everyone is conservative and religious on the surface, but underneath some will do anything and everything for a quick buck.
I like the fact that the Polish ex-President is paying tax on his earnings and announcing them openly and isn't ashamed of doing what he is doing.
And another thing, I was not talking about the French ex-President that you named, but one that came directly before him.