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Nicolas Sarkozy named as suspect in finance probe

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was named as a formal suspect by judges probing claims he took advantage of billionaire Liliane Bettencourt’s mental frailty to access her fortune, Bordeaux prosecutors said.

22nd March, 2013
Sarkozy, pictured jogging in Paris

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was named as a formal suspect by judges probing claims he took advantage of billionaire Liliane Bettencourt’s mental frailty to access her fortune, Bordeaux prosecutors said.

Sarkozy’s being placed formally under investigation comes after months of questioning over whether he, his 2007 presidential campaign or his party got gifts from the L’Oreal heiress while she wasn’t mentally fit to make decisions, and whether Bettencourt, France’s richest woman, was...

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