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epa07275446 General view of Container ship MSC JOY (R) and MSC VIGO (L) at the Antwerp harbour, in Belgium, 11 January 2019. During a press conference on the same day Belgium Minister Finance Alexander De Croo and Customs services announced the figures of the drugs seizure in 2018. Antwerp Harbor customs authorities intercepted around 50 tons of cocaine coming mainly from three South American countries, Colombia, Brazil, and Equator and 4.4 ton of cocain coming from Iran and Turkey. Antwerp is one the main port of transit of drugs to Europe. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET

PARIS — Retired French politician Jack Lang has broken his silence over a sizeable donation from disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, telling POLITICO it was meant to fund a movie.

In 2018, a year before his arrest on sex trafficking charges and his suicide in prison, Epstein made a donation of more than $57,000 to a French nonprofit through his private charity. The president, the treasurer and the secretary of the nonprofit were all long-term staffers or friends of Lang, France’s culture minister in the early 1980s and then again from 1988 to 1993.

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