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Former French President Sarkozy in police custody: Euronews sources

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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being held for questioning by police in an investigation into suspected irregularities over his election campaign financing, sources confirmed to Euronews.

Point of view

“It was a case like that. It opened like this. And the money was inside.”

Ziad Takieddine French-Lebanese businessman

The probe is related to as alleged 50 million euros in Libyan funding for Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign.

In 2014, France’s second-largest public television channel, France-3 aired an audio excerpt from a 2011 interview with Muammar Gaddafi. The late Libyan dictator claimed that he had financed the 2007 campaign, saying “it’s me who made him president”.

The claim was accompanied by a signed statement from former Libyan Foreign Minister, Moussa Koussa, to the same effect.

In 2016 a French-Lebanese businessman, Ziad Takieddine, claimed he had delivered the money in a briefcase.

Sarkozy has always dismissed the claims. His lawyer could not be reached immediately for comment.