Sarkozy loses appeal in Bettencourt case, now faces possible trial for 'abuse' of L'Oréal heiress


In a much-awaited decision, the Bordeaux court of appeal has ruled that former French president Nicolas Sarkozy should remain under investigation for exploiting L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt’s dementia to obtain funds for his 2007 election campaign. The court threw out Sarkozy’s appeal along with several others lodged by fellow suspects cited in the case, and which included a demand that the investigating magistrates should be removed from the case for reason of their alleged impartiality. The ruling announced on Tuesday means Sarkozy could now face trial on the charge of ‘abuse of weakness’, about which a decision is expected within weeks. Michel Deléan reports. 

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A French appeals court on Tuesday ruled that former president Nicolas Sarkozy should remain under judicial investigation for allegedly taking advantage of the mental frailty of L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt in order to obtain funding for his 2007 election campaign.