Nicolas Sarkozy put under investigation for 'exploiting' L'Oréal heiress: the French Right cry foul

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Former president Nicolas Sarkozy has been dramatically placed under formal investigation for allegedly abusing the mental frailty of billionaire L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. It followed a second round of questioning by judges in Bordeaux investigating the Bettencourt affair, which involves claims of political corruption and abuse of power. The news has caused fury on the Right, however, who insist that it is a politically-motivated decision coming just days after the resignation of budget minister Jérôme Cahuzac, who is also facing an investigation.

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The political Right in France has reacted with fury to the announcement that former president Nicolas Sarkozy has been put under formal investigation for allegedly exploiting the mental frailty of L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. The ex-head of state was placed under investigation – one step short of charges being brought – late on Thursday after several hours of questioning in Bordeaux by the judge leading the Bettencourt investigation Jean-Michel Gentil.