French minister says tax probe will prove his innocence

PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - French Budget Minister Jerome
Cahuzac said on Tuesday he was confident that a preliminary
investigation set to be opened over allegations he had a secret
bank account in Switzerland would clear him.

"Jerome Cahuzac welcomes the Paris prosecutor's decision,"
his office said in a statement after news that an inquiry would
be opened. "This step will, as he has always said, show his
complete innocence from the absurd allegations that he has been
subjected to."