France's Nicolas Sarkozy detained for questioning

Key points

  • French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy held for questioning over alleged influence peddling
  • Police probing claims that information on separate investigation was being passed to Mr Sarkozy's lawyer
  • Decision to hold him is an unprecedented step against a former president
  • Development seen as a blow to Mr Sarkozy's attempts to challenge for the presidency in 2017
  • Mr Sarkozy can be held for up to 24 hours
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Reporting:

  • Patrick Jackson 
  • Mario Cacciottolo 
  • Bernadette McCague 

Last updated 1 July 2014

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