The mansion and lawyers’ offices of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni have been raided by French police, according to French newspaper Le Monde.
3 perquisitions chez Sarkozy ce matin, villa Montmorency, chez Carla, dans son cabinet bd Malesherbes et rue de Miromesnil .lemonde.fr
— Le Monde (@lemondefr) July 3, 2012
The AP has spoken to a police official who confirmed the raids.
The raids are believed to be linked to the illegal campaign funding Sarkozy allegedly received from Lillian Bettencourt, the heir to the huge L’Oreal fortune and one of Europe’s richest people.
Bettencourt’s former accountant, Claire Thibout, has testified that she gave envelopes of cash from her employer to Woerth for Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign. The amount contained in the envelopes was reportedly way over the legal limit for French campaign donations, and was allegedly never declared. Sarkozy has denied the allegations.
Sarkozy had been immune from prosecution while in office, though his former budget minister had been charged with corruption over a separate incident of corruption. The scandal is just one of a number that Sarkozy is likely to be investigated for after his Presidential immunity expired last month.
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