French Ministry Reviews Accounts for 40,000 Employees

France’s Justice Ministry will review the cases of an estimated 40,000 temporary employees who may not have been accounted for properly, following a press report Wednesday in satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting in Paris, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira said the exact number of workers affected isn’t yet known and the ministry is working through the cases to see if value added or payroll taxes are owed.

Since 2005, French ministries have employed 50,000 people that may not have been properly accounted for through contract work or outside agencies, according to Le Canard Enchaine. About 40,000 were at the Justice Ministry, the newspaper said.

The work mostly involved short-term contracts for jobs such as translators, expert witnesses and mediators, the newspaper said.

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