Former French president Sarkozy questioned over Libya poll funding

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (pictured) is being questioned at a police station in Nanterre over suspected 2007 election funding by Libya during Muammar Gaddafi’s rule, an official in the French judiciary said on Tuesday. Libyan officials of Gaddafi’s regime say they funded Sarkozy’s election campaign. Although investigation into the case had begun in 2013, Sarkozy was never questioned until now. In November 2016, French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine said he delivered three suitcases from Libya, containing five million euros in cash, to Sarkozy and his former chief of staff and campaign director, Claude Guéant, between 2006 and 2007. Sarkozy has denied the allegations. A lawyer for Sarkozy could not be reached immediately for comment on Tuesday. Sarkozy served as French president from 2007 to 2012. A former minister and ally of Sarkozy, Brice Hortefeux, is also being questioned by police on Tuesday over the Libya funding, a source told Reuters.