Nicolas Sarkozy, former French president, has been detained for questioning in a corruption probe over allegations of influence-peddling.
According to The Guardian, the Parisian politician was taken into police custody as part of an inquiry into alleged abuse of power. The same source reports Sarkozy’s lawyer had been arrested previously as part of the same probe and labelled the situation as “unprecedented”.
These developments are seen as a blow to Sarkozy’s attempts to challenge for presidency in 2017, according to BBC.
François Holland succeeded Sarkozy as president in May, 2012. Hollande represented Socialist Party (Parti socialiste), antagonistic to Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement (Union pur un Mouvement Populaire).
Sarkozy is no stranger to controversy and has been involved in corruption scandals since he was in office. He has even been linked to notorious tyrants such as Gaddafi, however he has never been convicted of crimes regarding these allegations .
The former president’s supporters say the probes are politically motivated which at this point, can’t be discarded, given there has not been an official announcement clarifying if Sarkozy is being questioned as a suspect or merely as a witness in the current investigation.
July 1st, 2014.