Sarkozy in court over 'donation'
Published 22/11/2012 | 05:49
Former president Nicolas Sarkozy is appearing in court over claims that he illegally accepted donations from France's richest woman to fund his 2007 election campaign.
A judge in Bordeaux will decide whether the 57-year-old Conservative will be charged with taking advantage of 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.
Mr Sarkozy has consistently denied the allegations.
Ms Bettencourt's former accountant told police she handed over 150,000 euros (£120,700) in cash that she was told would be passed on to Mr Sarkozy's campaign treasurer.
In July, a magistrate ordered the seizure of Mr Sarkozy's diaries.
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