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Son of French foreign minister charged with forgery

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows Thomas Fabius arriving at the High Court of Paris, France. (AFP photo)

The son of France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has been charged with forgery, the latest judicial action to hit the man known in France for his passion for gambling.

Judicial sources said Saturday Thomas Fabius is also accused of involvement in fraud, tax laundering, breach of trust and misuse of corporate assets.

A source close to the case said the forgery charge is based on a complaint by French bank Societe Generale about an email Thomas wrote while in Morocco in late 2011. The email, which he wrote on behalf of his bank advisor, made a Moroccan casino to believe that Thomas was about to receive 200,000 euros.

The investigation is also covering a controversial acquisition of an apartment in 2012 by Fabius’ son on a cozy neighborhood of the French capital, Paris. Fabius claims that he purchased the property legally, partly through loans from banks and partly by means of his winnings in gambling.

Thomas Fabius is known in France for his huge passion for gambling. Reports say the 34-year-old has spent millions of dollars in casinos in the past. He is currently faced with an array of legal cases, including one in the United States, where he is wanted for issuing a bounced check.

Laurent Fabius, a former prime minister of France in the mid-1980s who stood trial in 1999 over an infected blood scandal himself, became foreign minister of France on May 16, 2012.

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