FinCEN Files: Investigation into Dirty Money Transfers from Major Global Banks

At least $ 2 trillion in suspicious transactions were carried out between 2000 and 2017 by several major global banks. This is what an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, made up of 400 journalists from the media in 88 countries, including the investigation units of Radio France and the newspaper Le Monde, reveals.
For their investigation, ICIJ journalists were able to obtain "suspicious activity reports". These are top-secret documents that US bank internal compliance officials send to US financial intelligence agencies when they detect questionable money transfers.

According to these documents, 2,000 billion dollars in suspicious transactions may have been carried out. It is dirty money linked to drugs, corruption, organized crime and terrorism.

Large banks are singled out like JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Bank of New York Mellon or HSBC. They ensure, however, that they make significant efforts to combat financial crime an…

State of health emergency will be extended by 2 months

Came into force on March 24, the state of emergency was extended until July 24, announced Olivier Véran, the Minister of Health. France will remain in a state of health emergency for at least four months. The government decided on Saturday to extend until July 24 the state of health emergency in France to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, announced the Minister of Health Olivier Véran at the end of the Council of Ministers. Came into force on March 24, the state of health emergency is extended because its lifting on May 23 "would be premature", "the risks of epidemic recovery" being "proven in the event of a sudden interruption of measures in progress", indicates the bill which will be examined from Monday by the Parliament. The text, which includes seven articles, aims to "consolidate the legal framework" and "broaden" it to "integrate the issues of deconfinement", which should begin on May 11, said Olivier Véran.
 
State of health emergency will be extended by 2 months

"We are going to have to live with the virus for a while," he said. "Learning to live with the virus, that's the stake for the next few months," added Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, after the Council of Ministers which was held for more than two hours at the Elysium. The text specifies in particular the quarantine conditions for people arriving in France and infected with the virus. "Quarantine, isolation can only be made compulsory and sanctioned in case of non-compliance when arriving on national territory or when arriving in an overseas territory or in Corsica," said Olivier Véran on this subject. It also relates to the implementation of an "information system" concerning sick people and their entourage for a maximum duration of one year.



The bill should be discussed by senators from Monday afternoon, then by deputies, probably from the next day, said government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye. Christophe Castaner, the Minister of the Interior, clarified that the government proposed in this bill to allow the Prime Minister to re-regulate the movement of people at any time by a decree. The list of persons empowered to ascertain violations of sanitary measures could also be extended. "Thanks to this bill, the security assistants, the voluntary assistant gendarmes, the reservists of the police and the national gendarmerie as well as the sworn security agents in transport, but also the agents of the instruction services of the "the competition authority for businesses will be able to note the non-compliance with the rules of the state of health emergency and sanction it," said the Minister of the Interior.