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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.

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Sarkozy investigated over campaign fund donations

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Credit: Bernard Patrick/ABACA/Press Association Images

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.

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