His lawyer, meanwhile, said he was not aware that his client was a British citizen.
Picotin said he had hoped Tilly would get a longer sentence. ‘‘I'm sure that if he gets out he'll begin again,’’ the lawyer said.
The case raised echoes of another controversial trial involving France’s richest woman, 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, who was swindled by a French tax lawyer into handing over to him a private Seychelles island.
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