PROSECUTORS yesterday opened an official investigation into claims that France’s richest woman secretly funded President Nicolas Sarkozy’s election campaign.
Sarkozy has denied that his 2007 campaign received €150,000 in secret cash from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt via the treasurer of his conservative party UMP, Eric Woerth.
The prosecutor’s office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre is conducting a preliminary probe into the allegations.
A scandal over Bettencourt’s fortune has already destabilised Sarkozy’s government.
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