C'est La Vice

For Mitterrand's Son, a Holiday Season in Prison

Christmas was no holiday for JEAN-CHRISTOPHE MITTERRAND, and New Year's brought even less to celebrate. The eldest son of the late French President was expected to ring in 2001 from the Paris prison cell he'd occupied since Dec. 21, when he was detained as part of an inquiry into illegal arms sales to Angola. Investigators found evidence that arms dealers paid $1.8 million into Mitterrand's Swiss account between 1993 and 1998. This has left Mitterrand open to charges of complicity in arms trafficking and tax fraud, not to mention influence peddling. From 1986 to 1992, Mitterrand fils served as chief adviser...

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