Former French budget minister Jérôme  Cahuzac waits for the start of a hearing into alleged tax fraud at the National Assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

When Jérôme Cahuzac was France’s budget minister, his colleagues were astonished by his command of facts and figures. Yesterday, in his second hearing(...)

Former French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac waits for the start of a hearing at the National Assembly in Paris yesterday. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Jérôme Cahuzac, the socialist budget minister who resigned on March 19th when he was placed under investigation for tax fraud and later confessed to h(...)

France’s president François Hollande walks away from budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac after a minor government reshuffle, outside the Elysee Palace in Paris, on July 4th last. Photograph: Philippe Wojaze/Reuters

In the midst of a scandal last spring, when France’s budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac was forced to resign because he had stashed money in offshore acco(...)

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy welcomes Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at  the European Union leaders summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

When Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels to face a scrum of reporters, he had never seemed so prepared. (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan rings the bell prior to an economic and financial affairs meeting yesterday, at the EU headquarters in Brussels.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan yesterday defended Ireland’s corporate tax regime, following a meeting of EU finance minis(...)

Google’s European headquarters in Dublin: a House of Commons committee accused companies such as Starbucks, Google and Amazon of “immoral” use of secretive jurisdictions, royalty arrangements and complex company structures to avoid paying tax in Britain. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When European finance ministers gather this week in Brussels, discussion won’t purely focus on Europe’s response to the latest phase of the fin(...)

French foreign affairs minister Laurent Fabius whose declaration was the most eagerly awaited. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

a third of President François Hollande’s 33 cabinet ministers jumped the gun, publicly declaring the value of their apartments, houses, (...)

French president Francois Hollande  speaks to junior minister for budget Jerome Cahuzac at the end of a government meeting about employment and the economic situation in France at the Elysee Palace in Paris in January. Photograp: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

France's Socialist government has promised to publish details of individual ministers' assets next week as it scrambled to stem a deepening sc(...)

A self-inflicted wound

It turns out that the gamekeeper was a poacher, or braconnier , as they say in France, all a(...)

French finance minister Pierre Moscovici is under attack in relation to former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac’s admission of tax evasion. Photograph: Reuters

The international media investigation into offshore banks and tax havens could not have come at a worse time for French president François Holl(...)