It is claimed fresh evidence has implicated France’s former President and Prime Minister in the country’s so-called Clearstream affair. It is alleged the documents prove that Dominique de Villepin set in motion a bogus corruption inquiry to falsely implicate his Presidential rival, Nicolas Sarkozy. The evidence, it is claimed, shows that Villepin acted with the assent of the former President Jacques Chirac.
Sarkozy was cleared of any wrongdoing and has launched a civil claim for defamation.
The information was recovered from the laptop of intelligence officer General Philippe Rondot. In 2004, Villepin asked him to conduct a secret inquiry into the Clearstream names.
The scandal centred on bogus allegations that top French officials had laundered kickbacks from Taiwan through the Luxembourg-based finance house.
The inquiry into who was behind the false dossier continues.