Sarkozy denies receiving money from L'Oreal heiress: Report
BORDEAUX (AFP) - Ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy has told judges he received no money from France's richest woman, Mrs Liliane Bettencourt, amid allegations that his 2007 election campaign was illegally financed, a newspaper said on Saturday.
"I have known the Bettencourts for 28 years and I am 57... They have never given me a sou (cent) and I have never asked them," Mr Sarkozy said during a 12-hour hearing in front of investigating magistrates in the southern city of Bordeaux on Thursday, the Sud Ouest daily reported.
Mr Sarkozy escaped indictment but will continue to be investigated over the allegations after the panel of three examining magistrates decided on Thursday to treat him as a witness under caution rather than formally charging him.
The newspaper report was the first to quote him from the written transcript of the confidential enquiry session.