Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Sarkozy sues for defamation

PARIS: French interior minister and presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy has filed a defamation suit against a suspect in a murky political smear campaign, the Paris prosecutors' office said Tuesday.

The so-called Clearstream affair centered on damaging, but false allegations that Sarkozy had secret bank accounts. The scandal has implicated members of France's conservative government and shaken the political elite.

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Lahoud, a former scientific director for European defense giant EADS, told judges investigating the affair he met twice with Sarkozy, in September and November 2004. The interior minister has repeatedly denied meeting with Lahoud. Read more...

Even though Sarkozy's name was cleared, this has got to be the last thing he would want to be dealing with right now.

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