Ex-Sarkozy justice minister stands trial for embezzling public funds

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Michel Mercier, 75, who served as minister for rural affairs and regional planning from 2009 to 2010 and as justice minister from 2010 to 2012, is accused of employing his wife and daughter and a phantom part-time parliamentary assistant for fake jobs paid out of parliamentary funds.

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A former French justice minister was on Monday brought before a Paris court accused of embezzling public funds by allegedly creating fake jobs, including one for a phantom part-time parliamentary assistant called Hubert Devillers, reports The Guardian.