In the end it amounted to just a modest updating of government policy. On Wednesday morning the president's office at the Elysée had revealed that François Hollande would be making a – pre-recorded – television address to the nation in the wake of former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac's dramatic admission that he had lied to everyone about his secret Swiss bank account.
Shortly after noon the recording was broadcast, with President Hollande standing bolt upright and visibly angry as he delivered his brief message. “Jérôme Cahuzac has deceived the highest authorities, the head of state, the government, it's an unpardonable fault, it's an outrage committed against the Republic,” stated the president.
Then, in what one TV pundit described as a “re-writing of history”, François Hollande let it be known that ...
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