[Machine Translation] Areva would have withheld information to the State on the redemption of Uramin. The daily Liberation accused on Thursday the nuclear group Areva to have cheated the state by concealing information on the acquisition, for € 1.8 billion, the Canadian company Uramin. The uranium deposits in Africa this company acquired in 2007 all proved unworkable. The daily recalls confidential notes, internal mails, redacted reports, which, he says, all of which reveal the extent of a scandal that Areva officials have long sought to stifle. Including Anne Lauvergeon, head of the company at the time of acquisition of Uramin. Also the heart of the matter Olivier Fric, the husband of Anne Lauvergeon. One that is as an “energy consultant” is suspected by Tracfin, the anti-money laundering service Bercy, tax fraud and money laundering have speculated on the acquisition of Uramin by Areva. During a search of the homes of two épous, the financial police would have got hold of dozens of documents – the most confidential – relating to this operation, says Libération. A note of Tracfin dated 31 July 2015, revealed by Charlie Hebdo, points to “atypical flow” on several accounts held by the husband of Anne Lauvergeon. “None found evidence to bring criminal jeopardize my client,” replies Mr. Mario Stasi, lawyer Olivier Fric. For his part, lawyer Anne Lauvergeon, Jean-Pierre Versini-Campinchi will probably continue Libération: “It is defamatory, he says. If it’s written like this, they will have to come to explain to the court, produce the documents and testimony that allow them to say what they have written. ” Areva is now in disarray. Virtually bankrupt public company forced the taxpayer to a massive bailout. The nuclear group needs nearly $ 5 billion in fresh capital. In the past five years, Areva has accumulated more than 8 billion euros of losses and recorded more than 9.5 billion euros of provisions and impairment. The bill will now worsen with the 2015 accounts and perhaps even then, because of the disastrous contract for construction of the Olkiluoto EPR reactor in Finland. The company is bloodless, subject to a restructuring plan affecting 6,000 employees including about 3500 in France, and will soon be dismantled – with the sale of its business to EDF reactors 2.5 billion.
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