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French foreign minister's son taken into custody over money laundering probe

media Thomas Fabius, seen in this 2011 file picture, was taken into custody on Tuesday morning. Photo AFP / Bertrand Guay

Thomas Fabius, son of French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, was taken into custody on Tuesday in a Paris suburb as part of investigation into forgery, fraud and money laundering.

A preliminary investigation into Thomas Fabius' financial affairs was opened in 2013, with police particularly interested in his purchase of a seven million euro Paris apartment believed to be linked to money laundering.

A source close to the investigation said that this apartment, located in an upmarket area in the French capital was raided on Tuesday morning.

His lawyer Cyril Bonan confirmed the 34-year-old's detention, but made no other comment.

Thomas Fabius also has had an arrest warrant issued against him by the Nevada state court in late October related to bad cheques totaling more than 3.2 million euros in several Las Vegas casinos in mid-2012.

Following this revelation, French far-right leader Marine Le Pen had called on Laurent Fabius to resign.

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