French court clears Sarkozy rival in slander trial

BBC News

A French court on Thursday acquitted former prime minister Dominique de Villepin on charges he was complicit in a smear campaign directed against President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The high-profile slander trial centred on a mysterious list which surfaced in 2004, at a time when the two political rivals were both serving as members of former president Jacques Chirac’s government.

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