Isabelle Balkany, convicted of tax fraud, has had her Legion of Honor withdrawn according to a decision published in the Official Journal. “It’s an additional humiliation, obviously public and perhaps unnecessary,” she told AFP.
Sentenced for tax evasion, like her husband Patrick Balkany, former mayor of Levallois-Perret, Isabelle Balkany had her Legion of Honor withdrawn, according to a decision published on June 26 in the Official Journal.
“By decree of the Grand Chancellor of the Legion of Honor dated June 23, 2021, after opinion of the Council of the Order of the Legion of Honor, is noted with effect from March 4, 2020 the exclusion of right from the National Order of the Legion of Honor of Mrs. Isabelle Balkany […] This exclusion entails the definitive deprivation of the exercise of the rights and prerogatives attached to the quality of member of the Legion of Honor ”, according to the decree published under the Presidency of the Republic.
This decision is retroactive to March 4, 2020, the date of the conviction of the Balkany spouses on appeal to three years in prison and ten years of ineligibility for “tax fraud of an exceptional magnitude”.
My conviction had no connection with my local management, for which I was decorated
“I received the Legion of Honor for my work as a local elected official, particularly in favor of children and education. I made a mistake, that’s for sure, by not declaring my family patrimony, but it had absolutely nothing to do with my local function, ”reacted the former elected, first deputy of Levallois-Perret of 2001 to 2020. “This is an additional humiliation, obviously public and perhaps unnecessary. My conviction had no connection with my local management, for which I was decorated, ”she told AFP.
The Legion of Honor code provides that “behavior contrary to honor” can lead to reprimand, suspension or exclusion from the order. Created by Napoleon in 1802, the Legion of Honor rewards civilians and soldiers for their acts and services rendered to France.