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Latest update : 2011-09-19

Clearstream scandal: a happy end?

Former French PM Dominique de Villepin was cleared this week by an appeals court of conspiring to smear his arch-rival, President Nicolas Sarkozy, in the 'Clearstream' case. But this doesn't mean he can rest on his laurels: Villepin is now accused by a former middleman of taking envelopes of 'dirty' cash from African leaders.

Marc Perelman interviews Jean-Marc Gonin, Senior Writer with Le Figaro Magazine; and Philip Turle, Journalist with Radio France Internationale.

Programme prepared by Narimène LAOUADI.

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