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

April 3, 2013 | By 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.

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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.