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Nicolas Sarkozy detained for questioning over influence claims


Former President Nicolas Sarkozy has been held in France for questioning over alleged influence peddling.

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

Nicolas Sarkozy has been held in France for questioning over alleged influence peddling

Nicolas Sarkozy has been held in France for questioning over alleged influence peddling

Nicolas 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 Nicolas Sarkozy’s attempts to challenge for the presidency in 2017.

Investigators are trying to find out whether Nicolas 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.

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