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November 27, 2021

French ex-PM de Villepin’s acquittal upheld

A French appeals court has upheld the acquittal of ex-Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin on charges of smearing President Nicolas Sarkozy, the BBC reported. It threw out an attempt by prosecutors to reverse last year’s verdict on his role in the 2004 Clearstream inquiry. De Villepin had been accused of failing to halt an investigation into false allegations against Sarkozy. The two former political allies are expected to stand against each other in next year’s presidential election.

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