Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation on suspicion of influence peddling and other crimes, after being detained and questioned by prosecutors as a suspect for over 18 hours.
France's second-largest public television channel has aired an audio excerpt from an interview with Muammar Gaddafi in which the late Libyan dictator repeatedly claimed that he financed Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential campaign in 2007.
The US leader and his family were showered with extravagant gifts by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni, in a year when most of the world was still grappling with a global recession.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been ‘scandalously’ charged with taking financial advantage of France’s richest woman, elderly L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, in a scandal over illegal campaign funding.
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the spearhead of last year’s campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi, has called for rapid international action on Syria, comparing the current crisis with the situation in Libya.
Police officers have carried out a number of raids in Paris - on the villa Nicolas Sarkozy shares with his wife Carla Bruni, on the law offices of the former president's attorneys and on the apartment provided to him by the government.
New reports filed this week suggest that the an attempt to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad orchestrated by French and Saudi governments was recently abandoned after US President Barack Obama refused to involve America in the attack.
Stylish Mesdames and Mademoiselles filled the presidential Elysee Palace just days after the former first lady bade au revoir to her glittering years in the residence. The newly sworn-in president got together with his glamorous cabinet.
Today French voters are choosing a new president in the runoff vote. The defending President Nicolas Sarkozy has already claimed the election is on a knife's edge, as he closed in on rival Francois Hollande in the final polls.