French ex-President Sarkozy investigated for allegedly swindling frail heiress

22 Mar


Former President Nicolas Sarkozy came under formal investigation on Thursday for allegedly taking illegal donations from France’s richest woman when she was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

“Nicolas Sarkozy, who benefits from the presumption of innocence, had been notified that he has been placed under formal investigation for taking advantage of a vulnerable person in February 2007 and during 2007 to the detriment of Liliane Bettencourt,” the prosecutor in the southwestern city of Bordeaux said in a statement after a hearing, Reuters reported.

Investigating Judge Jean-Michel Gentil is looking into conflicting accounts of how many times Sarkosy visited the home of Bettencourt, the heiress to the L’Oreal cosmetics fortune in the run-up to his 2007election victory.

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