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Sarkozy 'held' over influence claims

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 The photo of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is taken from the Guardian website.
The photo of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is taken from the Guardian website.

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained for questioning over alleged influence peddling.

The decision to detain him at Nanterre, near Paris, is an unprecedented step against a former president.

Sarkozy's lawyer was questioned on Monday on suspicion of seeking inside information about a case against the former leader.

The latest developments are seen as a blow to Sarkozy's attempts to challenge for the presidency in 2017.

Investigators are trying to find out whether Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, had promised a prestigious role in Monaco to a high-ranking judge in exchange for information.

Gilbert Azibert, one of the most senior judges at the court of appeal, was also called in for questioning on Monday.

Published: 1:26 pm Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Last modified: 9:51 pm Tuesday, July 01, 2014

TAGS: Paris Nicolas Sarkozy Gilbert Azibert

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