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Mer.22 octobre 201422/10/2014 Dernière édition

How much did he know? Now President Hollande faces questions over Cahuzac affair

|  Par Stéphane Alliès et Mathieu Magnaudeix et Marine Turchi et michael streeter

President François Hollande has condemned the former budget minister’s 'unforgivable fault' after the latter's confession about having an undisclosed Swiss bank account. But now questions are being raised about the French head of state's own handling of the affair. Did the president fail to act despite reportedly being given information months ago which suggested that Jérôme Cahuzac was lying?

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President François Hollande is under growing political pressure after the shock confession by former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac that he does indeed have an undisclosed foreign bank account.

Politicians from the Right but also some allies are openly asking whether President Hollande and his prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault allowed the budget minister to stay in office for three months despite themselves having serious doubts about Cahuzac's denials over Mediapart's revelations that he had a Swiss bank account.

Both the president and the prime minister, who were assured by Cahuzac that he was innocent, gave their then budget minister their full backing following those revelations at the beginning of last December. Even after the budget minister's resignation last month in the face of a full-blown investigation into the affair, Ayrault showed his support, telling ...

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