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Updated: January 28, 2010 17:37 IST

Former PM Villepin cleared in Sarkozy smear case

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Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, followed by his wife Marie-Laure arrives at a Paris courthouse. File photo: AP.
Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, followed by his wife Marie-Laure arrives at a Paris courthouse. File photo: AP.

A Paris court on Thursday found former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin not guilty of complicity to libel President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The court cleared the 56-year-old Villepin of the charge that he had done nothing to stop the dissemination of a falsified list of individuals, including Mr. Sarkozy, who were alleged to have received kickbacks from the 1991 sale of six French frigates to Taiwan.

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