The Straits Times
Published on Nov 21, 2012

Sarkozy to appear in graft probe on Thursday


BORDEAUX (AFP) - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy will appear before investigating magistrates on Thursday and could be indicted in a probe into illegal campaign financing, judicial sources said on Tuesday.

Mr Sarkozy will appear before a judge in Bordeaux investigating alleged illegal financing of his 2007 campaign by L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

Newspaper reports had suggested Mr Sarkozy may appear as a witness but judicial sources told AFP on Tuesday that he may be indicted.

Investigators are probing whether withdrawals of hundreds of thousands of euros from Swiss bank accounts were made to provide funds to finance Mr Sarkozy's election campaign.