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    Former French prime minister testifies over smear charge - 30 Sep 09

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Dominique de Villepin, France's former prime minister, has appeared in court to defend himself against charges that he tried to implicate Nicolas Sarkozy, the president, in a corruption case.

    He told a Paris court on Wednesday that he did not know that a list of names, including Sarkozys, allegedly tied to corrupt bank accounts, was fake.

    If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail and a 45,000 euro ($66,000) fine.

    Emma Hayward reports.