10:22 pm, Thu 21 Mar 2013
Preliminary charges have been filed against the former French president
Nicolas Sarkozy, the AP news agency is reporting.
Mr Sarkozy is being investigated over allegations of taking advantage of a vulnerable person by taking campaign funds from the L'Oreal heiress, which he has denied.
10:01 pm, Thu 21 Mar 2013
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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The former French President
Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation relating to a case involving L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, Reuters has reported.
A judicial source told the news agency Mr Sarkozy was being investigated over allegations of taking advantage of a vulnerable person.
The former French president has repeatedly denied taking campaign funds from Ms Bettencourt,
France's richest woman.
9:39 pm, Thu 21 Mar 2013
Former French president
Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation for taking advantage of a vulnerable person, Reuters is reporting.
Former president Nicolas Sarkozy quizzed in corruption probe.
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