After more than a month of news stories, political criticism and stubborn resistance surrounding her falsified Master's Degree in Regional Law at the King Juan Carlos University, Cristina Cifuentes (PP), the now former First Minister of Madrid, finally fell from grace for something else on Wednesday: CCTV footage of her being aprehended and searched in an Eroski supermarket near the regional parliament in May 2011, after a shop assistant observed her taking two tubs of Olay anti-ageing cream.

After so many years of complex corruption stories, here, all of a sudden, was a simple video of a Spanish politician actually stealing something.

Mrs. Cifuentes characterised the incident as an "involuntary error" in the press conference announcing her resignation and said that she had paid f...

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