Nicolas Sarkozy held in influence investigation
French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained for questioning over alleged influence peddling.
Mr Sarkozy is being held at Nanterre, near Paris, in an unprecedented step against a former president.
Investigators are trying to establish whether Mr Sarkozy received inside information from a judge and attempted to influence others.
He denies any wrongdoing.
The BBC's Europe Editor Gavin Hewitt reports.
02 Jul 2014