France Investigation

The evidence behind the trial of French finance minister Jérôme Cahuzac

Former French finance minister Jérôme Cahuzac will next month stand trial on charges of tax evasion and money laundering. The trial follows a two-year judicial investigation which was itself prompted by Mediapart’s revelations that Cahuzac held a secret bank account abroad, which he first denied before finally confessing in April 2013. Mediapart has gained access to the concluding report by the magistrates which details the evidence for sending Cahuzac for trial. Fabrice Arfi reports.

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Judges Renaud Van Ruymbeke and Roger Le Loir last year signed off their two-year investigation into the hidden foreign assets of former French finance minister Jérôme Cahuzac, when they brought charges of money laundering and tax evasion against Cahuzac, his former wife Patricia, and the bankers, wealth manager and an intermediary who handled the secret accounts that were first opened in Switzerland and later transferred to Singapore.

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