Tax fraud trial of former French budget minister ends with unanswered questions

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At the end of a two-week trial for tax fraud and money laundering, Paris prosecutors this week demanded a sentence of three years in jail for former socialist French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac, and two years in prison for his former wife Patricia. The court will announce its verdict and sentencing in December. The trial was prompted by Mediapart’s exclusive revelations in 2012 of how Cahuzac, in charge of a crackdown on tax fraud in France, had held a secret bank account abroad for two decades. Michel Deléan and Fabrice Arfi report on the hearings.

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The trial on charges of tax evasion and money laundering of disgraced former French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac and his former wife Patricia ended this week, with the verdicts and sentencing postponed until December 8th, which will mark four years, almost to the day, since Mediapart published its first article revealing the secret foreign bank account of the man then in charge of a crackdown on tax fraud.