French tax inspector destroys VIP records

17th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 17 (AFP) - A French tax inspector has admitted to inadvertently destroying the tax returns of prominent public figures including the daughter of French President Jacques Chirac and two former prime ministers, police said.

PARIS, March 17 (AFP) - A French tax inspector has admitted to inadvertently destroying the tax returns of prominent public figures including the daughter of French President Jacques Chirac and two former prime ministers, police said.

The inspector could face tough "internal sanctions", police said late Wednesday.

The 2003 income declarations of five public figures including Claude Chirac, who acts as an advisor to her father, and former socialist prime ministers Laurent Fabius and Lionel Jospin, disappeared from a Paris tax office.

Forms filed by former finance minister Herve Gaymard, who resigned late last month in a row over his official residence, and the current European affairs minister in the centre-right government, Claudie Haignere, also vanished.

The disappearance of the documents, revealed just after the Gaymard scandal and two years ahead of a presidential election, raised suspicions of a dirty tricks campaign being planned against some of the country's top politicians.

But the tax inspector, who was not identified, told investigators that he had "inadvertently" destroyed a stack of tax forms in late December, including those of the five public figures.

The man told police he chose to remain silent, "even when the scandal erupted", because he feared the fallout of his actions, but he was caught on Tuesday during a police re-enactment of events.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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