Former French minister Claude Guéant was arrested on Tuesday. He will be questioned in the
Paris suburb of Nanterre over corruption allegations during his time in Nicolas Sarkozy’s government.
Gueant, interior minister until May last year and Sarkozy’s chief of staff between 2002 and 2011, was put under preliminary investigation in June after police allegedly found evidence of cash purchases worth some 20,000 euros in a search of his home.
Sarkozy himself was cleared in October in an investigation into suspicions that he had manipulated France’s richest woman into financing his 2007 campaign, removing an obstacle to his return to national politics.