The well-connected arms dealer and his tax returns

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In an ongoing judicial investigation into suspected illegal political party funding in France via a sale of submarines to Pakistan, several witnesses have identified Franco-Lebanese businessman and arms dealer Ziad Takieddine (photo) as being a principle intermediary in the deal. Earlier this week, Mediapart revealed his closeness to key members of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's inner circle. In this second report, Mediapart can disclose how Takieddine pays no income tax nor wealth tax in France, despite being domiciled in the country and where, according to documents signed by his hand, he has a wealth of 40 million euros. Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske investigate.

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In the first of this series of reports about businessman and arms broker Ziad Takieddine, Mediapart exclusively revealed the very close personal links between the 61 year-old businessman and key figures, including several ministers, of the inner circle surrounding French President Nicolas Sarkozy.