Prosecutors say Sarkozy's former minister should not face charges for 'influence peddling' in Bettencourt affair

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The prosecution authorities say that former budget minister Eric Woerth has no case to answer over claims that he awarded Liliane Bettencourt's wealth manager a state honour in return for hiring his wife. Though as Mediapart's legal affairs expert Michel Deléan says, that does not necessarily mean that this is the end of the affair for a man who was one of Nicolas Sarkozy's closest political allies.

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The prosecution authorities have said there is no case to answer against one of President Nicolas Sarkozy's former ministers who was suspected of “influence peddling” in relation to the Bettencourt affair.