Police officers have carried out a number of raids in Paris - on the villa Sarkozy shares with his wife Carla Bruni, on the law offices of the former president's attorneys and on the apartment provided to him by the government.


The raids are reportedly linked to the corruption scandal that is part of the Lilian Bettencourt case.

Bettencourt, the heiress to a multimillion dollar L'Oreal fortune, is accused of donating far more than permitted to Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign. While in office, Nikolas Sarkozy was immune from prosecution, but that immunity expired on June 16th. His former budget minister Eric Woerth has already been charged with corruption.

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