The decision to dismiss charges against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, seen here in Paris Monday, could clear the way for him to return to politics. Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy after Sunday's vote. Marc Piasecki/Getty Images hide caption

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris today (Dec. 5, 2011). Lionel Bonaventure /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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