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Jeu.24 juillet 201424/07/2014 Édition de la mi-journée

Swiss bank account affair - the budget minister's lies

|  Par Fabrice Arfi

Jérôme Cahuzac, the budget minister accused of having an undisclosed Swiss bank account until 2010, has withheld the truth surrounding the affair from the highest offices of state, Mediapart can reveal. Mediapart can disclose that the person who possesses the key recording on which Cahuzac (pictured) is heard discussing his bank account has himself approached the office of French President François Hollande to confirm it is genuine. Meanwhile email correspondence between the minister and friends shows that he himself does not deny the authenticity of the recording. And Mediapart can also reveal that the tax authorities have started to carry out thorough checks of the budget minister’s recent tax declarations, which appear to show numerous discrepancies. All of which, says Fabrice Arfi, is proof that Jérôme Cahuzac is in an untenable political situation.

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French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac, accused of having an undisclosed Swiss bank account, has not told the truth to the highest offices of state – the president and the prime minister – nor to Parliament, Mediapart can reveal.

For Mediapart can today disclose that the person who inadvertently recorded the conversation in which Cahuzac is heard discussing his account at UBS in Geneva has personally contacted the office of President François Hollande at the Elysée Palace to confirm the recording’s authenticity. Mediapart also reveals the identity of the man, a barrister and former mayor called Michel Gonelle.

Moreover, in emails seen by Mediapart, Jérôme Cahuzac does not deny the authenticity of the recording, even though he has recently claimed that the person on the tape is “not me”. In the emails Cahuzac even ...

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