Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks on his telephone in Paris, July 2, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday that the legal system was being used for political means after he was put under formal investigation on suspicions of using his influence to gain details of a probe into his 2007 election campaign.Magistrates are looking at whether Sarkozy used his influence to secure leaked details of an inquiry into alleged irregularities in his victorious 2007 campaign.The first former president to spend time in police custody, Sarkozy, 59, was detained for 15 hours Tuesday before being transferred to appear before investigating magistrates who will run the inquiry. Iweins said the inquiry was weak as it relied on legally questionable phone taps of conversations between Sarkozy and Herzog as well as between Herzog and the president of the French Bar.In the current affair, Sarkozy is accused of using his influence to get information on a troublesome legal inquiry into funding irregularities in his 2007 election campaign.Those accusations against Sarkozy were dismissed in October.
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