Prosecutors say Sarkozy has no case to answer over claims he exploited L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt

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As widely expected, the prosecutor in Bordeaux says that 'in the absence of evidence' there should be no further action taken against the former president over claims that he took advantage of the billionaire’s mental frailty to obtain funds for his 2007 election campaign. But, as Michel Deléan reports, the three examining magistrates in charge of this high-profile and controversial case could still decide to send Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial.

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The prosecution authorities in Bordeaux have recommended taking no further action against former president Nicolas Sarkozy over allegations of “abuse of weakness” in relation to frail L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. Prosecutor Claude Laplaud said that “in the absence of evidence” his department considered that there was no case to answer against Sarkozy over claims that he exploited the billionaire to obtain election campaign funds in 2007.