A French court dismissed fraud charges on Friday against a French butcher at the center of a "polygamy" row in 2010 when his wife was pulled over for wearing her "niqab" full-face veil.

Lies Hebbadj, an Algerian-born 35-year-old, found himself accused by the then interior minister Brice Hortefeux of living a polygamous lifestyle with several wives who had borne him 12 children.

In the charges, Hebbadj was accused of having fraudulently obtained welfare benefits and having hidden a married life with two children.

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