Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Cahuzac Confesses

Jérôme Cahuzac, who had hitherto denied possessing a foreign bank account as alleged by Mediapart, has now admitted to investigating magistrates that he has held as much as 600,000 euros abroad for the past twenty years. He was immediately mis en examen for suspicion of fiscal fraud. Cahuzac had denied his guilt even to the president, who he claimed to have "looked in the eye" while proclaiming his innocence.

Territorial Reform Bogs Down Again

Although everyone agrees that there is much duplication, overlap, and waste in the administration of localities and regions in France, major vested interests are tied to useless entities so reform is difficult, as Sarkozy discovered. And now Hollande is discovering the same thing. Every PS senator opposed the reform proposed by Marylise Lebranchu, the minister for state reform, and her project has now been modified and divided into three separate bills in place of the original one.