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French lawyer: Sarkozy questioned again in probe

French lawyer: Sarkozy questioned again in probe

A lawyer says former President Nicolas Sarkozy was back in a French courthouse in an investigation of allegations he illegally took donations from France's richest woman for his 2007 election campaign.
Sarkozy in November was named a key and potentially indictable witness in an investigation involving 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.
Lawyer Antoine Gillot told French TV BFM that his client, former Bettencourt butler Pascal Bonnefoy, was being questioned alongside Sarkozy in a courthouse in southwestern Bordeaux on Thursday.
Sarkozy's lawyer and spokeswoman didn't return calls and text messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Bettencourt's ex-accountant told police she gave 150,000 euros ($192,000) to the manager of Bettencourt's fortune that was to be passed on to Sarkozy's campaign treasurer.
Sarkozy's election loss in May cost him immunity from prosecution.


Updated : 2021-05-11 12:24 GMT+08:00