Net closes in on Sarkozy law firm partner in tax fraud and money laundering probe

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Paris-based investigating magistrates have established that French lawyer Arnaud Claude, a longstanding friend of Nicolas Sarkozy’s with whom the former French president founded in 1987 the Paris law firm Claude & Sarkozy, played an “active role” in the creation of an offshore tax-evading structure for one of Sarkozy’s staunchest political allies, veteran conservative Member of Parliament Patrick Balkany.