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Former Sarkozy wingman Guéant placed under investigation

Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP | Claude Guéant leaving a Paris courthouse on November 13, 2015.

Former French interior minister Claude Guéant was on Tuesday put under investigation as part of an ongoing affair relating to campaign finance violations and corruption during Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency.

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Guéant, Sarkozy’s former right-hand man, testified before a financial judge in Paris about his role as interior minister in the possible misappropriation of public funds and handing out of lucrative contracts to political allies.

Sarkozy’s chief of staff, Emmanuelle Mignon, has already been charged with favouritism, and other Elysée staff from Sarkozy’s administration are also under investigation.

In November, Guéant was sentenced to a provisional sentence of two years, plus a five-year ban on holding office following a hearing into cash payments he received during his time as interior minister, from 2002 to 2004.

He is also under investigation for fraud, money laundering and tax evasion related to allegations that former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi helped finance Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential election campaign.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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