The trial of six men accused of involvement in one of France’s longest-running political scandals, linked to a suicide bombing that killed 15 people, will open in Paris on Monday.
For 17 years, judges have been attempting to unravel the “Karachi affair” in which politicians allegedly received illegal kickbacks on French arms sales abroad through a network of intermediaries.
The scandal centres on allegations of corruption at the highest levels of state and involves the reputations of several French leaders, including two former presidents, a former prime minister and government members. It is expected to run until the end of the month.
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