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minister of the budget, has been placed under investigation for suspicion of tax fraud and money laundering and has been replaced by Bernard Cazenave, who was minister delegate for European affairs.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.