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French tycoon Serge Dassault in custody over vote buying

Published on Feb 19, 2014 5:19 PM

PARIS (AFP) - French industrialist Serge Dassault, the billionaire manufacturer of fighter jets, was in police custody on Wednesday for alleged vote buying, a judicial source said.

The move comes a week after Dassault's parliamentary immunity was lifted.

The senator is suspected of buying votes in Corbeil-Essonnes, east of Paris, where he was formerly mayor.