Nicolas Sarkozy Claims Investigation is Politically Motivated

Nicolas Sarkozy Claims Investigation is Politically Motivated

BBC – Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has said the French justice system is being used for “political ends” after he was placed under formal investigation for influence peddling.

In a TV interview, Mr Sarkozy denied committing any unlawful act.

He said the “grotesque” case against him was designed to humiliate, and harm his reputation.

It is alleged Mr Sarkozy sought insider information from a judge about an inquiry into illegal campaign funding.

Mr Sarkozy was detained on Tuesday for questioning – the first time a former French head of state has been held in police custody.

He is hoping to challenge again for the presidency in 2017 and the allegations are seen as a blow to his hopes of returning to office.

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