Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Former French Prime Minister De Villepin stated by the Clearstream case

Paris .- Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin arrived today the first day of trial on appeal of the Clearstream affair, which threatens to derail his political career to a year in the Presidential, which is scheduled to perform. Upon arrival at the Palace of Justice, the former head of government avoided ruling on the case and confined itself to the dozens of journalists waiting for him to show his appreciation for the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Villepin had said the day before attending this trial "serene" because "who fears nothing is innocent." The former prime minister was acquitted at first instance in this case that judges making false lists of the beneficiaries of collecting kickbacks through Clearstream Luxembourg company.

The criminal court found them guilty in this case the former vice president of EADS Jean-Louis Gergorin and Imad Lahoud computer, sentenced respectively to 15 and 18 months in prison. Among the false beneficiaries of charging illegal broadcast between 2003 and 2004 included the name of the current French President Nicolas Sarkozy, giving the case a political dimension at a time that Villepin and Interior Minister then disputed the succession Jacques Chirac as the right candidate to the presidency.

The prosecution thought at first that Villepin had contributed to making the false listings, a thesis that was not maintained by the Criminal Court, which held that there was insufficient evidence to implicate the former prime minister. However, the prosecution appealed the sentence, which Villepin put back in the dock, just a year before presidential elections are held in the country.

Meanwhile, Villepin left the game sarkozista Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), created his own political movement Solidarity Republic, and hinted to be submitted to the elections. Sarkozy, meanwhile, has multiplied its overtures to former Prime Minister, who has been twice in the last two months.

This approach is interpreted as an attempt to Villepin, who some polls give up to 5 percent of likely voters in the presidential, not present at those elections. Thus, the president would seek to eliminate competition in the field to the right, as several surveys that will consider the second round, defeated by the Socialist candidate, yet to be elected, and the right-wing Marine Le Pen.

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