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French spy chief defies inquiry

The French intelligence officer at the centre of the Clearstream corruption scandal has refused to give evidence to the inquiry, his lawyer says. General Philippe Rondot, seen as a key witness, was taken by police to appear before investigating magistrates. He had earlier stopped talking to them, complaining of leaks to the press. It is alleged that Dominique de Villepin, now prime minister, once asked him to find compromising evidence against his rival, Nicolas Sarkozy. Full Story

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