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Woerth denies latest allegations

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French Labour Minister Eric Woerth has denied allegations put forth in an article in the left-wing Liberation newspaper that he personally intervened to reduce the estate taxes of French sculptor Cesar. The opposition Socialists have reacted cautiously, calling for a further investigation into the issue. We speak with a political analyst who says the ongoing scandals involving a high-ranking member of President Nicolas Sarkozy's government are part of the run-up to the 2012.