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Legislature: “I paid my debt”, defends former minister Jerome Cahuzac, candidate for Lot-et-Garonne

Legislature: “I paid my debt”, defends former minister Jerome Cahuzac, candidate for Lot-et-Garonne

Legislature: “I paid my debt”, defends former minister Jerome Cahuzac, candidate for Lot-et-Garonne

Do political figures have a right to redemption? In any case, this is what Jerome Cahuzac, candidate for the legislative elections from the third district of Lot-et-Garonne, claims. This Monday, on the microphone of BFMTV, the former finance minister convicted of tax fraud defended his right to turn the page and resume his political career.

“Who never had a second chance? (…) This is the past, I have paid my debt, I have the right to appear before the voters (…). Wait for the voters to decide,” he said two weeks before the election.

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In a 2016 trial, confirmed on appeal in 2018, Jérôme Cahusac was sentenced to three years in prison and five years’ disqualification for tax evasion and tax fraud laundering. He then managed to change his sentence using an electronic bracelet. In particular, after revelations from the investigative website Mediapart, he was accused of maintaining hidden accounts abroad.

In view of the early legislative elections that will take place on June 30 and July 7, Jérôme Cahuzac is running not under the banner of the left or under the banner of the Renaissance, but as an independent candidate. Former minister François Hollande assures that he “did not ask or hope for this investiture either from the New Popular Front or from any party of the presidential majority.”

“I am very strict about the programs of the two extreme blocks (…). We are truly headed for economic disaster if these programs are implemented,” he reiterated.


Source: Le Parisien

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