Tuesday 21 November 2017

Sarkozy shouldn't stand trial in heiress fraud case – prosecutor

Nicolas Sarkozy
Nicolas Sarkozy

John Lichfield Paris

The state prosecutor in Bordeaux has recommended that former President Nicolas Sarkozy should be cleared of abusing the mental weakness of France's wealthiest woman.

The final decision on whether Mr Sarkozy should stand trial rests, however, with the three investigating magistrates who formally accused him in March of defrauding the L'Oréal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt, to finance his 2007 presidential campaign.

Meanwhile, a team of magistrates in Paris formally accused the businessman Bernard Tapie (70) of taking part in a conspiracy to defraud the state in 2008. An arbitration panel paid Mr Tapie €405m to settle a dispute over the sale of sports firm Adidas by a state-owned bank. (© Independent News Service)

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