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Ex-minister quits re-election bid

AFP-JIJI

Jerome Cahuzac, France’s former budget minister who was forced out of office over a tax fraud scandal, will not seek re-election to his former parliamentary seat, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Cahuzac, who last month bowed to pressure and also resigned from the National Assembly, told the regional daily Depeche du Midi he made the decision because he fears a violent hate campaign against him and incessant media harassment will make it impossible to get his message across to voters. Any money left over from the sums he tried to hide abroad — after paying what he owes the state — will go to local charities, he added.