Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin's defamation trial has begun. The politician is charged with defaming current French President Nicolas Sarkozy over the "Clearstream" scandal. Both served in the Chirac government. On the first day, Mr. de Villepin accused the President of political motives in pursuing the charges. If convicted, the former Prime Minister could receive jail time, but would probably get a suspended sentence. More here, here, here, and here.