Mar 21 2013
Preliminary charges have been filed against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy in connection with allegations he illegally took donations from France's richest woman for his 2007 election campaign, a lawyer said.
Lawyer Antoine Gillot told French TV i-Tele that Judge Jean-Michel Gentil in the south-western city of Bordeaux placed Mr Sarkozy under investigation - a step short of formal charges - after hours of questioning.
In November, Mr Sarkozy was named a key and potentially indictable witness in an investigation involving 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.
Mr Gillot represents a former butler, who was also questioned along with Mr Sarkozy.