French President's son cleared of fleeing the scene of an accident
Jean Sarkozy, the president's 22-year-old second son, was accused of damaging a BMW with his scooter on the Place de la Concorde square in central Paris in 2005 and leaving the scene.
Jean Sarkozy has always denied the incident happened.
The plaintiff M'Hamed Bellouti, who has called himself a supporter of Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), was seeking 260 euros for repairs to his car and 4,000 euros in damages.
The court ordered Bellouti to pay 2,000 euros in damages.
"Justice is the same for everyone ... you cannot make reckless allegations," said Thierry Herzog, Jean Sarkozy's lawyer.
Bellouti said Jean Sarkozy had been treated favourably. "I knew the legal system was unfair, but to be fined for wasting court time is surreal," he said.
He has said the police did not follow up on the accident and that three letters addressed to Jean Sarkozy by his insurance company were unanswered.
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