An investigation into allegations that L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and her late husband Andre illegally funded Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign has been ordered by a Paris prosecutor, whose links to Sarkozy are now in the spotlight.
A Paris prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into an alleged illegal cash donation to President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign.
The case centres on claims made by Claire Thibout, formerly the accountant for billionaire L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and her late husband Andre.
How French politicians and parties are funded
The significance of the allegations is huge. Individual political donations must not exceed 7,500 euros a year, and some, especially in the Socialist camp, claim that if proved, the alleged cash gift could nullify the result of the 2007 presidential election.
Date created : 2010-07-07