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With the French government reeling over a minister’s tax-dodging scandal, President Francois Hollande proposed a law Wednesday that would force ministers, legislators and other senior officials to declare their assets publicly and submit to auditing by a “totally independent” authority before and after taking office.

Hollande’s legislation, which would mark a significant departure in French politics, was seen as an attempt to calm the political tempest that has arisen over an admission last week by Hollande’s former budget minister, Jerome Cahuzac, that he had a secret bank account in Switzerland.

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