Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Mobile Developer (.NET / C# / Jason / Jquery / SOA)

£40000 - £65000 per annum + bonus + benefits + OT: Ampersand Consulting LLP: M...

Humanities Teacher - Greater Manchester

£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: The JobAt ...

Design Technology Teacher

£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: Calling al...

Foundation Teacher

£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: EYFS Teachers - East Essex...

Page 3 Profile: Jérôme Cahuzac, former French budget minister

And we thought George Osborne was bad!

Our Chancellor has got it in the neck over the past few years. But perhaps we should be grateful, because compared with Jérôme Cahuzac – until very recently France’s budget minister – he’s a diamond. Cahuzac, who made a fortune as a cosmetic surgeon, has admitted to holding a secret offshore account for two decades, and still has £510,000 squirrelled away in Singapore. The socialist politician is now being formally investigated for tax fraud, and could face up to three years in jail.

How was he found out?

The “affaire Cahuzac” began  in December, when the website Mediapart posted a recording of Cazuhac saying he had an undisclosed account at a Swiss bank. It was claimed he had travelled to Geneva to close the account, transferring the money to Singapore. He derided the accusations as defamatory, and lied time and time again to the President, to Parliament and to the public. He was still proclaiming his innocence last month when President François Hollande demanded his resignation. Now he claims he is “devastated by remorse”.

He’s just sorry he got caught.

It’s all incredibly embarrassing. He made himself one of France’s most respected experts on public finances, and a credible figure in the Socialist government despite being a millionaire doctor. Now he stinks of hypocrisy. In 2011, he called for the taxation of wealthy, French expatriates and led a vociferous crusade against tax evasion.

What does this mean for Hollande?

It’s a devastating blow. He was elected on the promise of an “irreproachable Republic” after the scandals of the Chirac and Sarkozy years, and he’s hoping to revive his country’s moribund economy with higher taxes and spending cuts. This “outrage”, as he himself described it, couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Career Services

Day In a Page

Bryan Adams' heartstopping images of wounded British soldiers to go on show at Somerset House

Bryan Adams' images of wounded soldiers

Taken over the course of four years, Adams' portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war
The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities