Keyword: Serge Dassault

Police seize secret recording in which billionaire Serge Dassault admits 'buying' an election

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Serge Dassault, le 6 mai 2004 à l'Elysée.  © Reuters Serge Dassault, le 6 mai 2004 à l'Elysée. © Reuters

Just four days after Mediapart published a secretly-made tape in which French industrialist and senator Serge Dassault admits paying money to 'buy' a local election, fraud squad officers have taken possession of the recording. Mediapart handed over a copy of the tape after an official request from the authorities. At the same time Dassault's lawyers have tried to get the recording censored, claiming it is a breach of the 88-year-old billionaire’s privacy. Fabrice Arfi reports.

Election corruption claims: how the 'Dassault System' worked

By Pascale Pascariello
Serge Dassault a admis avoir acheté l'élection municipale de 2010 dans un enregistrement réalisé en novembre 2012.  © Reuters Serge Dassault a admis avoir acheté l'élection municipale de 2010 dans un enregistrement réalisé en novembre 2012. © Reuters

The billionaire French industrialist Serge Dassault, who was caught on tape saying he paid money to 'buy' an election, is to appear before examining magistrates next month as a witness in an investigation into the attempted murder of the two men who made that recording. Meanwhile a participant in the alleged electoral corruption that Dassault is said to have created speaks exclusively to Mediapart about how the 'system' worked. In doing so he makes a plea for the judicial authorities to help him – claiming his life is now in danger. Pascale Pascariello reports.

French billionaire Serge Dassault secretly recorded saying he paid money to 'buy' election win

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Le 22 octobre 2010, au Sénat.  © Reuters Le 22 octobre 2010, au Sénat. © Reuters

The leading French industrialist and media owner Serge Dassault has been secretly recorded on video admitting that he paid out a huge sum of money to help 'buy' a local election in a town where he was once mayor. Billionaire Dassault, one of the wealthiest men in France and a French senator, makes the assertion in a recording obtained by Mediapart and parts of which are published here. 'I gave the money,' he is heard saying to two men who asked him about the cash – 1.7 million euros in all - while they clandestinely recorded him. Mediapart has also established that three months after the video was made the two men concerned were shot and wounded, one of them seriously. Contacted by Mediapart about the tape Serge Dassault said he had no comment. Fabrice Arfi, Michaël Hajdenberg and Pascale Pascariello report.

French senators reveal their outside interests online – but will it make a difference?

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Members of the French Senate have recently begun publishing their outside business affairs on a new online register of members' interests. The aim is to prevent conflicts of interest between a senator’s public and private lives. The first register has thrown up a fascinating array of outside activities. But senators are under no obligation to make the declarations and there is no provision for them to publish details of how much they earn from other sources. So will self-regulation work? Mathilde Mathieu reports.