by Jerome a Paris
Fri Apr 28th, 2006 at 08:34:13 AM EST
Le Monde, in this afternoon's edition, has some explosive revelations (in French) about the "Clearstream" scandal that implicate Dominique de Villepin very directly.
I have found no articles in English on these new revelations yet, but here's a basic summary in English of the situation prior to these new informations.
A first scandal was started in early 2004 when a number of politicians (including Nicolas Sarkozy) and top businessmen were accused to have hidden bank accounts with Clearstream in Luxembourg. These accusations were proven to be false in early 2005 by the investigating judge, and new judicial procedures were started, by Sarkozy and others, for slander ("dénonciation calomnieuse"), to try to find out the mysterious source of the fake documents that triggered the first scandal.
Sarkozy has long suspected Chirac and Villepin to have been behind this attack on him, and today's revelations would seem to bear this out. Villepin has already denied categorically the substance of what Le Monde prints today, but this could trigger his resignation and a government reshuffle, especially coming just after the CPE episode which has gravely weakened his authority and credibility.
To be continued...