Sarkozy in court on suspicions of illegal campaign funding
A judge in Bordeaux on Thursday will decide whether the 57-year-old Conservative will be charged with taking advantage of the 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt.
Paris: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has arrived at the courthouse to answer questions about suspicions he illegally accepted donations from France's richest woman to fund his 2007 election campaign.
A judge in Bordeaux on Thursday will decide whether the 57-year-old Conservative will be charged with taking advantage of the 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt. Sarkozy has consistently denied all allegations.
Bettencourt's former accountant told police that she handed over $192,000 in cash she was told would be passed on to Sarkozy's campaign treasurer. In July, a magistrate ordered the seizure of Sarkozy's diaries.
Some of the protesters outside threw eggs toward the barrier of riot police guarding the cafe.
Pollsters say the president will face an uphill battle to convince voters that they should elect him again.
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Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was charged on Wednesday over allegations that he received millions of euros towards his 2007 election campaign from the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.