Jérôme Cahuzac, the disgraced French former budget minister who led a crackdown on tax avoidance while secretly hiding millions of euros of his own money from authorities, has had his conviction for tax fraud upheld by an appeals court.
The case – in which the leftwing campaigner for a more honest tax system was found to have been personally cheating tax on a vast scale – was one of France’s biggest political scandals of the decade and increased public mistrust in the political class.
Cahuzac, 65, a former cosmetic surgeon, was sentenced on Tuesday to four years in prison – with two years suspended – for tax fraud and money laundering. The sentence was less severe than after his first trial in 2016, when he had been given three years in prison.
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