The budget minister and the Swiss bank account: why only an independent judicial investigation will do

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The French budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac does not appear to like doing things the easy way. The minister, under fire for the Mediapart revelation that he held an undisclosed account at Swiss bank UBS until February 2010, is now preparing what seems to be a complex defence manoeuvre. On his own blog the minister, who continues to deny having had a Swiss back account, has explained that he has asked his lawyer to get from UBS “negative confirmation” about the account. In other words, a statement from the bank that he has never held an account at that establishment.