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Controversial French rightwinger Balkany jailed for tax evasion

Patrick Balkany, a veteran figure of the French conservative movement, mayor of Paris suburb Levallois-Perret, whose more than 40-year political career has been largely tainted by corruption and political scandal, was on Friday jailed after magistrates convicted him of a multi-million-euro tax evasion scam.

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A French court on Friday jailed a rightwing power broker who has dominated politics in a wealthy suburb of Paris for decades, after convicting him of hiding millions of euros' worth of assets from the tax authorities, reports FRANCE 24.

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