Former French Minister jailed for fraud

PARIS: A former French budget minister appointed by President Francois Hollande to tackle tax evasion has been jailed for tax fraud.
Jerome Cahuzac had committed crimes of “extraordinary” seriousness, a court in Paris said, and sentenced him to three years in prison.
Cahuzac, 64, resigned in 2013 after it emerged he had held an undeclared Swiss bank account and then lied about it.
The affair was an embarrassment to Mr Hollande and caused public outrage.
Mr Hollande had made fighting tax evasion among the wealthy a priority for his Socialist administration. He subsequently ordered his ministers to disclose their personal wealth.
Cahuzac’s ex-wife, Patricia Menard, was also jailed for two years for tax fraud. 02