The son of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was taken into custody on Tuesday as part of a probe into forgery, fraud and money laundering, police sources told AFP. A preliminary investigation into Thomas Fabius’s financial affairs was opened in France in 2013, with police particularly interested in his purchase of a seven million euro ($7.6 million) Paris apartment. A police source said the apartment, which was searched Tuesday, had raised alarms over money laundering. Thomas Fabius’s lawyer confirmed he was in custody but would not comment further. The 34-year-old son of France’s top diplomat is wanted in the United States for allegedly writing bouncing cheques at a Las Vegas casino. Thomas Fabius wrote cheques for more than $3.5 million (3.2 million euros) to cover gambling debts on the night of May 15, 2012, according to an arrest warrant seen in October by AFP. His father, a former Socialist prime minister, was appointed France’s foreign minister in May 2012.
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