Monday 19 February 2018

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

Albert Kidd in Paris

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.

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.

Irish Independent

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