France's Epic Political Rivalry Villepin on Trial Over Alleged Plot to Slander Sarkozy

Secret bank accounts, forged lists of names, ex-spies -- and two political rivals who wanted to destroy each other. The trial of France's former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin starts on Monday. His involvement in a financial scandal earned him the personal enmity of President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.

Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin.

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