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  1. With Corruption Charges Dropped, Sarkozy Eyes Return to Politics

    Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has managed to cut loose from a trial concerning the embezzlement of Liliane Bettencourt’s fortune. Sarkozy had forged a close friendship with the fragile heiress to the L’Oréal fortune in recent years and had been accused of pressuring the 90-year-old matriarch, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2006, to pledge money to his 2007 election campaign. Sarkozy’s survival buoys his chances of a political comeback in the 2017 presidential election against incumbent, François Hollande, who polls indicate Sarkozy would defeat if an election were held today.

    Sources: The Guardian, NPR

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