Former French Prime Minister Dominque de Villepin has been called in for questioning again by judges examining the Clearstream political smear scandal. Villepin’s office and home were swept by police raids last week, and a number of documents were seized. Villepin said in a communique that he could be placed under investigation. This does not imply guilt; indeed Villepin denies he did anything criminal.
It’s alleged Villepin ordered an improper investigation into his rival Nicolas Sarkozy over bogus claims of bribes being paid into the Luxembourg-based Clearstream bank. Villepin is to be questioned at the end of the month.