France: Retrial of Former Budget Minster For Tax Dodging Starts

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The retrial of France’s former budget minister Jerome Cahuzac starts Monday after he was handed a three-year jail sentence for tax fraud in one of the biggest scandals of Francois Hollande’s presidency.

Cahuzac resigned in 2013 after becoming a source of huge embarrassment to then president Hollande given that the minister’s job was to crack down on tax dodgers.

A plastic surgeon before entering politics, Cahuzac was found guilty in 2016 of funnelling cash into a Swiss bank account from the lucrative hair transplant clinic he ran with his ex-wife.

The 65-year-old appealed his three-year sentence, prompting a full re-trial that could see Cahuzac risk up to five years in prison and a 375,000 euro fine.

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