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Sarkozy's party offices targeted by French police in donations probe

Albert Kidd in Paris

Published 13/09/2010 | 05:00

French police visited President Nicolas Sarkozy's party headquarters last week in an investigation into political donations and the financial affairs of Europe's richest woman, a police spokesman said.

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The visit marked the first time that Mr Sarkozy's ruling UMP party was directly targeted by inquiries started in June.

The spokesman said police were seeking traces of a letter sent in 2007 by Labour Minister Eric Woerth, then UMP party treasurer, to then-Interior Minister Sarkozy, backing the granting of a national award to a man who was wealth manager for L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and who employed Mr Woerth's wife.

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