Billionaire Dassault on trial over hidden offshore cash

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French billionaire Serge Dassault has gone on trial in Paris at the age of 91. Seven years after the start of the vote-buying scandal in Corbeil-Essonnes, near Paris, where Dassault was mayor, the industrialist and right-wing Senator faces charges at the criminal court in Paris. However in the current trial, which began on Monday July 4th and is due to last four days, Dassault is not charged with electoral corruption – he is still being formally investigated over that. Instead the charges relate to the money he stashed in undeclared foreign bank accounts which is then said to have been brought into France to help buy votes in his home town.

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