'Preliminary charges filed' against Sarkozy

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.

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Sarkozy formally investigated

The former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has reportedly been placed under formal investigation accused of taking advantage of a vulnerable person by taking campaign funds from the L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.