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French Ex-President Sarkozy Questioned Over Inquiry Leaks

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Image: France's then President and UMP party candidate for the 2012 French presidential elections Nicolas Sarkozy
France's then President and UMP party candidate for the 2012 French presidential elections Nicolas Sarkozy addresses supporters at La Mutualite meeting hall in Paris in this April 22, 2012 file photo, after early results in the first round vote of the 2012 French presidential election. Former French President Sarkozy was held on July 1, 2014 for questioning into suspicions that a network of informers kept him abreast of a separate inquiry into alleged irregularities in his 2007 election campaign, a legal source said. YVES HERMAN / Reuters, file

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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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