Nikolas Sarkozy has made history as the first former President of France to be detained. This is happening just two years after the former president left office. He turned himself in to police on Tuesday morning as part of an inquiry into a cover-up of suspected illegal campaign fundraising.
Findings revealed that French authorities beamed the searchlight on Sarkozy over his behavior during a probe of possible illegal financing for his 2007 campaign from France’s richest woman, L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.
The thrust of the investigation is whether Sarkozy and his lawyer were aware of insider information on the investigation by a friendly magistrate who was in return promised a prominent position in Monaco.
He is also under investigation on allegations that he accepted about € 50 million from slain Libyan leader, Muammar Ghadaffi
Sarkozy is believed to be nursing a comeback to the presidential position in the 2017 presidential election.
A judge had approved a request to tap his phones last year and that led to the discovery that the former President operated a secret line obtained under a different name.
The French constitution allows him to be held for questioning for a first period of up to 24 hours, with a possible extension of another day before being charged or be released.