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Nicolas Sarkozy questioned over Bettencourt donations

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been questioned over claims his 2007 election campaign received illegal donations from France's richest woman.

After a 12-hour grilling by a judge, Mr Sarkozy was declared a material witness - which means he is a suspect but has not been formally charged.

Mr Sarkozy, 57, denies accepting 150,000 euros (£120,600) from L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt - well above the 4,600 euros (£3,700) legal limit.

Christian Fraser reports from Paris.

  • 23 Nov 2012
  • From the section Europe
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