Prime minister Manuel Valls tells French finance leaders he wants Paris to be ‘the financial capital of the future’ after Brexit.
Government wants new measures to give anti-money laundering unit Tracfin access to finances of those listed on a database of wanted people.
After Paris talks with Greek counterpart, French finance minister offered support for new timeframe or terms but not cancelling the debt.
Yanis Varoufakis will have a meeting with Michel Sapin in Paris on Sunday ahead of plans by Greece to renegotiate its debt burden.
Former French finance minister Pierre Moscovici will take up the important economic and monetary affairs portfolio despite some German misgivings.
Earlier this month it was revealed that French tycoon Bernard Arnault, chief executive of luxury goods firm LVMH, the wealthiest person in France and the fourth wealthiest worldwide, has applied for dual Belgian nationality. The French conservative opposition was quick to cite it as an example of the flight of capital that will follow higher taxes the government is to impose on the country’s top income earners, while President François Hollande decried Arnault's lack of patriotism. Mediapart Editor-in-Chief Edwy Plenel sets out here how tax evasion has become a colossal and insitutionalised business at the centre of the economy. Fighting it has never been more urgent, yet little effort - if any - is being made to prevent it or to sanction those who are bleeding society of vital resources.