French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac says he will sue a news website that claims he has hidden money from French tax authorities in offshore accounts – while he has been leading the country’s campaign against tax evaders.
Mediapart website reported on Tuesday that Mr Cahuzac had a secret Swiss bank account until 2010, when the funds were transferred to Singapore. The site, which broke the Bettencourt scandal that rocked the French right, alleged that Mr Cahuzac closed the account in early 2010, just days before becoming president of the National Assembly finance committee.
Mr Cahuzac’s work has been part of a larger effort to bring in more money to cut the country’s deficit.
He said yesterday that the site’s claims were “delirious” and that the site refused to show him the evidence cited in the report.