Thursday, May 2, 2013
Guéant Caught in Web of Denials
Claude Guéant, who launched a major media offensive to defend himself against allegations of corruption, giving seven interviews in one day, seems to have rushed a bit too quickly into the breach, without covering his bases. He claimed to have earned €500,000 from the sale of two paintings to a foreign buyer, but he never obtained an export permit, as required when paintings valued above €150,000 are shipped out of France. Unless the buyer, who paid him with a transfer from a foreign bank account, actually lives in France, in which case the authorities will want to know the source of the funds in the offshore account. In addition, Le Monde has gathered new testimony denying the existence of the cash bonuses in the Ministry of the Interior from which Guéant claims to have paid some of his bills.