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Libération - France | Monday, November 10, 2014

Sarkozy can play the victim again

The chief of staff of France's presidential palace, Jean-Pierre Jouyet, announced on Sunday that the former French prime minister François Fillon forced him to speed up investigations against ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy for cronyism. Even though there is no indication that the accusations of government interference in judicial matters will hold water, Sarkozy will capitalise on the affair, the left-liberal daily Libération writes: "Hemmed in by scandals, confronted with mediocre poll results and contested even within his own camp, Nicolas Sarkozy could not have dreamed of such a blessing. He can once again cast himself as the victim of a conspiracy. Regardless of what Fillon asked Jouyet to do, nothing points to the Elysée having intervened in any of the investigations against Nicolas Sarkozy. Since the election of François Hollande, the judiciary has been demonstrating - in investigations into the left and the right - an independence the likes of which we have never seen in the Fifth Republic."

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