30 September 2020 by Alexandre Brutelle and Emmanuel K. Dogbevi
A French official got into wood exportation without paying any taxes on this commercial activity. Despite his presence in the Panama Papers he was awarded the French Order of Merit.
Jean-Louis Chanel is the name of a former France-Ghana business counsellor, among thousands of other names linked to infamous law firm Mossack Fonseca. How does France consider someone with links to a tax haven as the suitable representation of its values abroad? And was this shell company owned by Chanel in full compliance with Ghana tax regulations at the time? What kind of business activity was it involved in?
Following the track of his offshore company Sylvafrica through international customs data, this investigation shows how this official, also a multifaceted businessman, got into wood exportation without paying any taxes on this commercial activity, according to his own word.