Bettencourt affair: case dismissed against Sarkozy

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Investigating judges have dropped all proceedings against Nicolas Sarkozy in relation to the Bettencourt affair in which the former president was accused of having taken advantage of L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt's mental frailty in order to get cash for his 2007 election campaign. The two Bordeaux-based examining magistrates, who in March provoked a political storm when they placed Sarkozy under formal investigation in connection with the claims, announced on Monday that they had decided that the case against the ex-head of state should be dropped. Sarkozy himself had always vehemently denied the allegations.