Former French President Sarkozy Taken Into Custody in Corruption Investigation

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July 1 2014 11:15 AM

Former French President Sarkozy Taken Into Custody in Corruption Investigation

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives for questioning.

Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

Sarkozy is being questioned over his behavior during a probe of possible illegal financing for his 2007 campaign from France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.
The case centers around whether Sarkozy and his lawyer were kept informed of insider information on the investigation by a friendly magistrate — who was in return promised a prominent position in Monaco.
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Sarkozy is also suspected of having taken somewhere in the neighborhood of $70 million in campaign money from Muammar Qaddafi, which is known in international legal parlance as "not a good look."

He can be held for up to 48 hours before being charged or released.

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