Serge Dassault 89, former mayor of the Paris suburb Corbeil-Essonnes, is under investigation for allegations of buying votes. An accountant, Gerard Limat, said he used to bring him bundles of 100 euro bills wrapped in a newspaper sent from a Swiss company.
Dassault inherited Dassault Aviation, a company that produces jets and is the fourth richest man in France, with a fortune amounting to 13 billion euros or $18 billion. He denies the charges of vote buying and unlawful campaign financing.
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Limat said he made the deliveries of money from the Swiss firm between 1995 and 2012, and was told to use a code name. He recalls, “I went up to Serge Dassault’s office, I placed the bag in the corner of his office, and we immediately talked about other things.”
Dassault says the money was used to make large cash donations to philanthropic causes in the Middle East.