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Britain should make a decision on where to build a new runway this summer, its transport minister said on Monday, dismissing concerns it could be further delayed by a referendum on EU membership. Prime Minister David Cameron could reach a deal over Britain's ties with the European Union at a summit later this month, paving the way for a public vote on membership of the bloc as soon as June. Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin said he did not think a June referendum would derail the current timetable for deciding on expanding either Heathrow, Britain's busiest airport, or Gatwick, its second-busiest.
France's former budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, who stashed millions abroad while cracking down on tax cheats at home, went on trial Monday for tax fraud. The 63-year-old former rising star in the French Socialist Party now dubbed the finance ministry's "Pinocchio", fended off reporters as he arrived at the Paris criminal court. Cahuzac and Menard face up to seven years in jail and two million euros ($2.2 million) in fines if found guilty of tax fraud and money laundering.