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Sam.01 août 201501/08/2015 Édition du matin

The disgraced French budget minister, the connivance, the secrets that remain

|  Par Fabrice Arfi

While Jérôme Cahuzac has admitted to holding secret foreign bank accounts, after four months of vehement denials, there remain many unanswered questions. Just how many foreign accounts did he hold and where? How many other people, and who, were helped in tax avoidance by Cahuzac's personal financial advisors? Why did the tax authorities refuse to investigate Cahuzac? Fabrice Arfi reports.


Gilles August had served as Jérôme Cahuzac’s lawyer ever since Mediapart first revealed, on December 4th 2012, that the then-budget minister, who himself had announced in November a crackdown on tax fraud, held a secret foreign bank account.

“One cannot purport one thing, and then another,” he told Mediapart on Tuesday, following Cahuzac’s confession to holding the account, after months of denial and lies before parliament and the press. “I no longer represent Jérôme Cahuzac. I defended his innocence. I would no longer be credible if I now had to defend the contrary.”

Cahuzac’s current lawyer, Jean Weil, told Mediapart that he took up the defence of his new client at the beginning of last week.

There was a rapid succession of events that led to Tuesday’s bombshell announcement by Cahuzac himself that he had, ...

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