Court frees ex-minister

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Court frees


Lyons - A French appeal court freed the former cabinet minister Alain Carignon, pending his corruption trial. Held in jail since 13 October, he is alleged to have been paid to award a municipal water contract to a subsidiary of Lyonnaise des Eaux in 1989. Mr Carignon, who announced after his release that he would not be seeking re-election as mayor of Grenoble, is one of three former cabinet colleagues of the Prime minister and first-round presidential candidate Edouard Balladur to be forced to resign within the past year by corruption scandals. AP