Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy under official investigation for 'active corruption' and 'influence peddling'

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Former president Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation as part of a corruption probe by examining magistrates in relation to 'active corruption',  'influence peddling' and receiving information as a result of the violation of rules on professional secrecy. Just after 11.30pm on Tuesday evening, July 1st, having been held for questioning all day, he was brought before examining magistrates Patricia Simon and Claire Thépaut and emerged at 2.20am on Wednesday having been put under investigation – mis en examen in French.