The strange affair of the last bride of Wildenstein

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Three months to open or drop an investigation

Lawyer Dumont-Beghi based her complaint on this tangled web of relationships, alleging that Guy Wildenstein’s proximity to Sarkozy, not to mention his dealings with Eric Woerth, are the main reason the finance ministry has failed to investigate the fiscal chapters of the Wildenstein affair.

The state prosecutor has three months to decide whether to open a preliminary investigation or close the books on the criminal complaint without further action. If the latter decision is taken, Sylvia Wildenstein maintains the option of filing a second civil action with herself as the principal party.

With the 2012 presidential elections looming, Sarkozy is once again faced with the worst-case scenario he has so far avoided in the Bettencourt affair: the nomination of an independent magistrate with powers to investigate allegations of influence-peddling by government officials.

English version: Lawrence Speer

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