How French journalists used the Offshore Leaks database to find local stories

Mediacites and WeReport on French tax evasion

French local investigative website Médiacités and WeReport, a European collective of journalists based in Lyon, dove into ICIJ’s Offshore Leaks database to expose what they describe as “the banality” of tax evasion costing France millions of euros each year.

Since 2013, ICIJ has pored over data on hundreds of thousands of individuals and companies with an offshore presence – not all of them among the mega-rich or the Fortune 500.

Apple, Google and other big multinational corporations often make the front page when it comes to tax avoidance, but similar practices are also used

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