New bid to get former top French government aides tried over Karachi affair

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An investigation into claims that kickbacks from French arms deals were illegally used to finance the 1995 presidential campaign of former prime minister Édouard Balladur has been bogged down in legal wrangles since early 2016. Now, however, a senior prosecutor has called for six men said to be at the heart of the corruption scandal known as the 'Karachi affair' to stand trial. Fabrice Arfi reports.

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An important if not yet decisive step has been taken towards the holding of a trial in France over the so-called Karachi affair. One of the greatest political-financial scandals to hit the country in recent decades, involving claims of corruption, kickbacks from defence contracts and illegal political funding, it has been mired in legal procedural matters since early 2016. But in a document seen by Mediapart, on October 19th a senior prosecutor called for six alleged key figures in the scandal to stand trial.