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Nicolas Sarkozy, French ex-president, held for questioning: legal source

(Reuters) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was held on Tuesday for questioning into suspicions that a network of informers kept him abreast of a separate inquiry into alleged irregularities in his 2007 election campaign, a legal source said.

Local media said it was the first time a former head of state had been held for questioning in modern French history. The conservative politician denies wrongdoing in a string of investigations which could derail his hopes of a come-back after his 2012 presidential election defeat by Francois Hollande.

French Ex-President Sarkozy Held In Corruption Probe

Sarkozy arrived early Tuesday to be quizzed by investigators at their offices in Nanterre, west of Paris, after his lawyer was held for questioning on Monday.

"Mr. Sarkozy has been summoned to Nanterre and is being held for questioning," the source told Reuters.

Asked about the matter, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Sarkozy was "subject to justice just like everyone else."

"Justice authorities are investigating and have to go all the way," he told i<Tele.

The former leader is the focus of an investigation launched in February into whether he sought to use his influence to get information about a separate inquiry into allegations that late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi funded his 2007 election campaign.

Investigators suspect Sarkozy and his lawyer kept tabs on the case by using a network of well-connected informants, which only came to light following phone taps.

Sarkozy has likened the magistrates behind the phone-tapping to the "Stasi" police of former Communist East Germany.

Two legal officers with prosecutor roles, Gilbert Azibert and Patrick Sassoust, are also being held for questioning. Investigators suspect Sarkozy had sought to get Azibert a promotion to Monaco in exchange for information.

The case is one of six legal investigations involving Sarkozy, including a new one this year into separate irregularities in his unsuccessful 2012 election campaign.

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coopdabomb July 01 2014 at 7:31 AM

It's time we do the same thing with obama.

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Denny coopdabomb July 01 2014 at 8:41 AM

What a racist moron.....George Bush is the real criminal.

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coopdabomb Denny July 01 2014 at 11:45 AM

Bush was 6 years ago. Wake up and smell the solid piece of human waste thats in the oval office now.

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tma2c Denny July 01 2014 at 1:01 PM

explain to me why he is racist....or a moron?

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stevenjonessales coopdabomb July 01 2014 at 1:48 PM

dumb azzz. Who is that in your avatar? A cartoon picture of Ron Jeremy?

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stengernc July 01 2014 at 7:16 AM

To bad we don't have the guts to arrest Dick Cheney and his gang of Neo Con who created the reason for war in Iraq (later proven false but there was enough doubt before). Now we have destabilized the region and hundreds of thousands have died because of the greed of these power hungry oil sniffing guys. Bush and Cheney and the GOP have hurt more people and put this country into a place closer to hell then ever before.

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joan July 01 2014 at 8:14 AM

Please, please French people tell us Americans how we can do this to our current President. We have so many questions for him. Please help us out.

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libsfault July 01 2014 at 8:54 AM

Geeee imagine that Obama's good friend.....two peas in a pod....

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mhwyman7 July 01 2014 at 9:32 AM

I wonder if he's dumb enough to say, "Let them eat cake"

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stevenjonessales mhwyman7 July 01 2014 at 1:50 PM


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gudtip July 01 2014 at 3:59 PM

they are all crooks in one form or another

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mo524 July 01 2014 at 5:26 PM

A conservative that is a criminal how typical of those people.

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liondog96 July 01 2014 at 5:23 PM

France is the best When I retire on disability in the US I'm moving there where pharmacists actually diagnose you and prescribe drugs. This worthless country the pharmacists reject your narcotic prescriptions.

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hokanut July 01 2014 at 11:51 PM

Hope berry sees this on TV.

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txbootz July 01 2014 at 5:05 PM

Now if George W. Bush, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Cheney, et al, could be investigated and indicted ...

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