He will remain as one of the symbols of the failure of transparency in public life, the budget minister who hid his money in Switzerland when the government intended to restore confidence in politicians.

Jérôme Cahuzac, sentenced in 2018 for tax evasion to four years in prison, including two firm, believes he has "paid his debt" and declared Thursday on LCI to hope to avoid "a banishment in perpetuity" from the company, after having "been banished to the inside my country for a few years".

The former chairman of the Finance Committee at the National Assembly, who "finally served his sentence since mid-December 2020", considers himself today as "a citizen like any other", after "a very long road during which he saw "hostility" and "hate, sometimes" in "people's eyes".

He evaded the question with François Hollande

However, he admits having "lied to the national representation", which he describes as "republican sacrilege", about his assertions in the hemicycle that he had no undeclared account in Switzerland, the day after revelations from Mediapart in December 2012. But he claimed "not to have lied to François Hollande": "for that he would have had to ask me the question", he evaded, since "never, at any time » the former head of state had only asked him « do you have an account in Switzerland or not?

".

As during his trial, Jérôme Cahuzac said he decided to commit suicide, before being saved by the unexpected visit of his son.

To explain his media silence for several years, the one who has since practiced as a doctor at Bonifacio hospital to "repair the harm I have done", assured "that a convicted person serves his sentence and is silent".

Until the end of his sentence only, obviously.

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