Former French mayor Patrick Balkany jailed for 'persistent fraud'

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Patrick and Isabelle Balkany, right-wing politicians who for years governed the wealthy Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, were sentenced to prison terms of five and four years respectively.

Patrick Balkany: trial of high-living mayor who thought he could do as he pleased


On Monday May 13th 2019 the mayor of a wealthy Paris suburb, Patrick Balkany, and his wife Isabelle Balkany went on trial in the French capital for offences including tax fraud and money laundering. They are accused of having hidden some 13 million euros from the tax authorities, and prosecutors say they are the true owners of luxury properties in France, the Caribbean and Morocco. Alongside them on trial is lawyer Arnaud Claude who, like the Balkanys, is a personal friend of former president Nicolas Sarkozy as well as having been his partner in a law firm. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan sets the scene on a high-profile trial.

French mayor and wife on trial for tax fraud after five-year inquiry

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Patrick and Isabelle Balkany are accused of hiding wealth in ‘multiple offshore structures'. 

Police still waiting to question wounded Paris soldier attack suspect

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Hamou Bachir Benlatreche, a 36-year-old Algerian national legally resident in France and who was shot five times during his arrest in northern France on suspicion of carrying out a car-ramming attack on six soldiers in a Paris suburb, is deemed unfit for questioning as he recovers in hospital.

Arrested suspect in Paris atack on soldiers 'is Algerian national'

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French media reports said the 36-year-old, who was seriously wounded during his arrest by armed police in northern France hours after six soldiers were mowed down by a car in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret, is an Algerian national living close to the French capital who was unknown to French security services but who had a record of petty crime.

Man arrested after soldiers rammed by car in Paris suburb

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A man was arrested by police after a shootout on a motorway near Calais on Wednesday when the car he was driving matched the description of that which in the early morning had deliberately rammed six soldiers close to barracks in the Paris suburb of  Levallois-Perret, leaving three of them seriously injured.

French tennis coach in court over alleged rapes

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The 48-year-old is said to have sexually assaulted a girl who was 12 when the first alleged incidents took place and assaulted two girls aged 17.