I reported in November that former French president Nicholas Sarkozy would be questioned by a judge in Bordeaux over bribery allegations.
The charge is that Sarkozy - affectionately known as “ – accepted more than half a million pounds from ” to help fund his 2007 presidential campaign .
Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation by a judge on March 21 with preliminary charges of “abuse of frailty” but the case is yet to go to trial. Sarkozy has vowed to clear his name and tweeted late last month that the charges were unfair and unfounded. This investigation will no doubt put his political come back on hold. He is widely expected to run again to become president in the 2017 presidential elections. The UMP party is split in terms of leadership and Sarkozy is seen as someone who can unify the party again.
The investigation will try to determine whether Sarkozy made multiple visits to see Bettencourt during his 2007 campaign. Sarkozy denies this however former members of Bettencourt’s staff say otherwise.
Francois Hollande is governing during tough times, facing rising unemployment and recession. Hollande stated recently:
"I have to succeed because the country cannot wait. The crisis continues, my duty is to get France out of the crisis"