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French billionaire Serge Dassault's 'foot soldier' jailed for attempted murder

France

On Wednesday May 18th Younès Bounouara was jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of trying to kill a man whose secret recording helped expose alleged vote buying by industrialist Serge Dassault in the town where the latter was mayor for many years. The verdict will come as a major embarrassment for Dassault, who has had close ties with Bounouara for more than 20 years. The two men are currently under investigation over the alleged system of vote buying. Yann Philippin reports.

French tycoon Dassault investigated for vote-rigging

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The former mayor is being probed over vote buying, complicity in illegal election campaign financing and exceeding campaign spending limits.