French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, meanwhile, issued a statement trying to explain how the government’s digging into the accusations against Cahuzac turned up nothing. He insisted there was no intentional cover-up.
On Cahuzac’s blog, www.jerome-cahuzac.com, the former minister wrote that he had taken steps to repatriate 600,000 euros’ worth of holdings.
Cahuzac also expressed regret to Hollande, his colleagues, supporters and all French citizens, asking for ‘‘forgiveness for the damage I have caused.’’
Masha Macpherson contributed to this story.