Prosecutors have asked a French court to send a former French budget minister to prison for tax fraud and to set an example of a necessary fight against a "world plague."

The two-week trial of Jerome Cahuzac on charges of tax fraud and money laundering ended Thursday in a Paris court. The judge set a December 8 date for the verdict.

During closing arguments, France's top financial prosecutor, Eliane Houlette, asked the court to sentence Cahuzac to three years in prison for inflicting a "major harm to France" and "making it the laughing stock of the entire world."

Cahuzac is accused of hiding his wealth in tax havens around the world — while at the same time leading the government's fight against tax evasion.

He was forced to resign in 2013.,