The French "trial of the decade," centering on the so called Clearstream affair, begins tomorrow, pitting the president against the former prime minister and others. If found guilty, former prime minister Dominique de Villepin faces jail time and either a big fine or a much bigger fine.
The AP: "Villepin is accused of "complicity to slanderous denunciations" and "complicity in using forgeries" among other charges. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and a fine of euro375,000 ($551,437.50)."
Agence France Presse: "Villepin faces up to five years in jail and a 45,000-euro (66,000-dollar) fine if convicted of 'complicity in slander, complicity in the use of forgeries, dealing in stolen property and breach of trust'."