Former French minister acquitted in Sarkozy-linked corruption case

Ex-budget minister Eric Woerth found not guilty of exploiting L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt but two of her associates were jailed.

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Former French budget minister Eric Woerth, a key ally of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, has been found not guilty of exploiting France's richest woman in a case concerning the funding of Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign. Two associates of L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt were sentenced to prison terms by the court in Bordeaux, reports RFI.