On January 28, 2010, former France prime minister Dominique de Villepin was acquitted of defamation charges. De Villepin had been accused of failing to stop the circulation of false documents that would defame several famous businessmen, including then-President Nicolas Sarkozy. De Villepin had long denied his role in the affair, claiming that Sarkozy had named him in the prosecution for political reasons. The acquittal was upheld in September 2011.
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