Top Green steps down over laundering scandal

Green Party politician Florence Lamblin, questioned by police in relation to an international money laundering scandal, has resigned from politics and paid an outstanding €31,000 tax bill.

Top Green steps down over laundering scandal

Lamblin, questioned with 17 others about her involvement in a drug trafficking ring based in Morocco earlier this month, officially gave up all her political commitments on Monday.

Speaking to news channel BFM TV, Lamblin’s lawyer Jean-Marc Fedida said she had also “settled the tax bill she was criticized for not paying.

“The word tax fraud is excessive, [she has] committed what I call a light offence, but what she considers to be a big and serious mistake.

“Her exact situation today is one of a taxpayer who has settled her situation with the tax office and has paid every last penny of what was owed."

The former deputy mayor of the 13th arrondissement of Paris stepped down from her elected duties earlier in October, but remained a political consultant in the Paris region, and kept her status as deputy mayor.

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Timbre fiscal: Everything you need to know about France’s finance stamps

If you're doing a French admin task, you might be asked to provide a 'timbre fiscale' - here's what these are and how to get them.

Timbre fiscal: Everything you need to know about France's finance stamps

In France, you can buy  a very particular kind of stamp to cover the cost of a titre de séjour, or French passport, to pay your taxes, get an ID card if you’re eligible, or pay for your driving licence.

Basically a timbre fiscale is a way of paying a fee to the government, and some online processes – such as the tax offices – now have the more modern method of a bank transfer or card payment.

However there are plenty of official tasks that still demand a timbre fiscale.

In the pre-internet days, this was a way of sending money safely and securely to the government and involved an actual physical stamp – you bought stamps to the value of the money you owned, stuck them onto a card and posted them to government office.

They could be used for anything from paying your taxes to fees for administrative processes like getting a new passport or residency card.

These days the stamps are digital. You will receive, instead, either a pdf document with a QR code that can be scanned from a phone or tablet, or an SMS with a unique 16-digit figure. Both will be accepted by the agency you are dealing with.

Once you have the code you need, you can add this to any online process that requires timbre fiscaux (the plural) and that will complete your dossier.

You can buy them from a properly equipped tabac, at your nearest trésorerie, or online

Paper stamps remain available in France’s overseas départements, but have been gradually phased out in mainland France.