Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cahuzac Resigns

The Ayrault government has lost its first casualty to scandal. Jérôme Cahuzac, minister of the budget, has been placed under investigation for suspicion of tax fraud and money laundering and has been replaced by Bernard Cazenave, who was minister delegate for European affairs.

Cahuzac was brought down by a bizarre recording of a phone call that was mysteriously connected via his business manager's office to a third party, who recorded it and eventually transmitted the recording to one of Cahuzac's political rivals. The latter put it in the hands of Mediapart, which published a transcript. A technical analysis confirmed that the voice on the tape was Cahuzac's, who nevertheless denies that he has committed any crime.

2 comments:

Sophie said...

I always find it highly ironic that these people of supposed moral high-grounds seem to be the worst offenders! Laughable.

Anonymous said...

Right now the recording does not prove he's got a swiss bank account. It does prove Mediapart was right and that his attacks against the paper were lies. As for the likelihood of a high-level former plastic surgeon having a secret bank account to evade taxes, it's easy to assume he did - just like week a charity released a graph showing that five times more small business owners cheat the state (of taxes) than welfare recipients (and 40 times more big businesses). Sounds like most of them must have had such illegal accounts...