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  • There's a French Far-Right Party in the Panama Papers Leak

    French daily Le Monde revealed Tuesday that close aides of Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right, populist National Front party, and her father and party founder Jean-Marie Le Pen were named in the so-called Panama Papers. Dubbed the biggest data leak in history, the release of the confidential documents show how the world's rich and powerful squirreled away their millions in tax havens. The appearance of people closely tied to the National Front in the scandal might damage the popularity of a party that has risen in the polls thanks to its anti-immigrant stance and strenuous defense of what it describes as traditional French values.

    On Monday, Le Monde's editor in chief Jerôme Fénoglio announced that "a major French political party" was involved in hidden financial dealings, without revealing which one. In an article published Tuesday, the daily said that businessman Frédéric Chatillon and accountant Nicolas Crochet — two close allies of Marine Le Pen with ties to the party — were implicated in the scandal.

    Chatillon and Crochet were both charged in 2015 with illegal campaign financing dating back to 2012. Information obtained by Le Monde in collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) could provide clues as to how aides were able to stash large sums in offshore accounts, out of sight of the French taxman.

    According to Le Monde, Chatillon transferred 316,000 euros ($360,000) from the accounts of his PR company Riwal, to an account based in Singapore. Riwal has worked closely with the FN, and in 2012, handled communications for the party during the presidential and legislative elections. At the time, Crochet handled accounting for the party's candidates.
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  • #2
    Not really that surprised, since greed seems to have a very long reach.

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    • #3
      It is soooo gooood!
      "le front haut ,les mains propres" was one of their slogans.
      (head high and clean hands) ?
      Epic fail.
      They will strike back saying it is a dem/rep conspiracy,as they always do.
      That rug really tied the room together

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      • #4
        A long way to run with story I think. The Icelandic PM has resigned in disgrace after being caught up in the scandal. The British PM's father is also named.
        Ne Obliviscaris, Sans Peur

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        • #5
          Originally posted by sebfrench76 View Post
          It is soooo gooood!
          "le front haut ,les mains propres" was one of their slogans.
          (head high and clean hands) ?
          Epic fail.
          They will strike back saying it is a dem/rep conspiracy,as they always do.
          Porochenko and the Icelandic Prime minister are just the top of the Iceberg.
          We do live in interesting times, and I bet many liberals are being caught with their pants down as well.

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          • #6
            And le Pen pere has just been fined € 30,000 for holocaust denial too - well no doubt he has the cash stashed away
            Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
            Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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            • #7
              The British prime minister Cameron is implicated too.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Konzev View Post
                The British prime minister Cameron is implicated too.
                Cameron inherited his shares and sold them prior to becoming PM. He will come out of this mess just fine.

                BUT...Blairmore Holdings will be harder for Cameron to explain away. He should be worried of the details that will be forthcoming.
                "Stand for the flag ~ Kneel for the fallen"

                "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer." ~ Bruce Lee

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