European Court of Justice ruling makes France liable to reimburse 'social charge' applied to capital gains from sale or rental income.
Two people in Cannes and Nice arested after police seized 388 virtual currency units worth €200,000 euros in the first such operation in Europe.
French finance ministers seek to revive controversial supertax on the wealthy after a proposed 75 percent levy on millionaires was shot down.
In July, Mediapart began the publication of a series of investigative articles about the very close and longstanding links between Franco-Lebanese arms dealer Ziad Takieddine and the inner circle of advisors and aides surrounding Nicolas Sarkozy - before and after he became French president. Takieddine is a key witness in an ongoing French judicial probe into suspected illegal party financing through commissions paid in a major French weapons sale, and Mediapart's revelations raise disturbing questions about other deals he was involved in. In a brief interview with Mediapart in July, Takieddine declared: "I'm a clean man and you're dirty. You're one of the filthy who are most productive in the muck." Here, Mediapart Editor-in-Chief Edwy Plenel sets out the key issues exposed by the investigations, and argues why an unprecedented chain of corruption is strangling France's institutions.