Paris trial opens into massive fraud involving fake French minister


Seven people are on trial in Paris for their aleged involvement in a multi-million fraud scandal that targeted more than 150 prominent figures and organisations and which included an impersonation by phone and Skype of then defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, now foreign minister, requesting funds for a supposed secret mission.

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A trial began in Paris on Tuesday of seven alleged fraudsters accused of impersonating a French minister to trick wealthy victims out of more than 50 million euros, reports BBC News.