In defence of France's examining magistrates


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It was a predictable move. Immediately after the recent acquittal of former conservative minister Éric Woerth of charges of influence peddling and taking advantage of the senile condition of billionaire Liliane Bettencourt in two separate trials arising from the so-called ‘Bettencourt affair’, and that last Friday of former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of pimping charges in ‘the Carlton affair’, a number of influential figures jubilantly struck out against France’s examining magistrates.