Former French President Nicholas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation by investigators after a hearing late on Tuesday night.
.As ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports, this is one level below an official charge.
Fmr Pres #Sarkozy placed under formal investigation early today for influence peddling, corruption. 1 level below being officially charged.
Under French law, when a suspect is placed under formal investigation, he or she is then examined by a judge, who determines whether there is sufficient evidence for the suspect to be charged.
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