French bank watchdog levies stiff fine against UBS over tax avoidance

“A French banking watchdog said on Wednesday that it fined the French branch of UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank, ten million euros for helping hundreds of well-heeled clients stash money away in undeclared Swiss accounts.  The bank immediately hit back in a statement, protesting that the fine, about $13 million, was disproportionate.  The issue jumped back to the top of the government’s agenda in the wake of a scandal surrounding the former budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac, who in April was himself placed under investigation for tax fraud. His role as budget minister included tackling tax evasion.”

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