NANTERRE, France - France's former President Nicolas Sarkozy was held for questioning Tuesday over suspicions that he received leaked details of an inquiry into alleged irregularities in his 2007 election campaign. It was the first time a former head of state had been held for questioning in modern French history and is the latest blow to Sarkozy's hopes of a comeback after his 2012 election defeat by Francois Hollande. The conservative politician denies all wrongdoing.
The case is one of six legal cases involving Sarkozy either directly or indirectly, including more recent allegations of irregularities in his unsuccessful 2012 election campaign. The current questioning relates to suspicions he used his influence to get information on an investigation into funding irregularities in his victorious 2007 election campaign.
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