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Blow for Hollande as ex-minister charged in tax fraud probe

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France's ex-budget minister Jerome Cahuzac was charged Tuesday in a tax fraud probe after he admitted having a foreign bank account, dealing a fresh blow to President Francois Hollande's embattled government. 

French former Budget minister Jerome Cahuzac arrives at the financial pole in Paris, on April 2, 2013. Cahuzac was charged Tuesday in a tax fraud probe, his lawyer said, as he admitted having had a foreign bank account for around 20 years.

Critics were quick to pounce on the scandal, demanding to know if Hollande or other top officials were aware of the account held by the minister once responsible for cracking down on tax evasion.

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