Charges against Nicolas Sarkozy `unthinkable`: Carla Bruni

Last Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 12:18

London: Carla Bruni has dismissed the accusation as `unthinkable` that her husband, Nicolas Sarkozy, took advantage of the mental weakness of an elderly billionaire to finance his rise to power.

In a flurry of interviews to publicise a new pop album, Bruni choked back tears when asked about the decision by a judge last week to start a criminal investigation of the former president for `abuse of weakness`.

According to the Independent, asked in an interview for RTL radio whether she thought her husband was being `persecuted`, Bruni replied that it is simply unimaginable that he could have abused the frailty of a woman `who is the same age as his mother.`

Sarkozy had been `mis en examen`, or formally accused of badgering Liliane Bettencourt, the chief shareholder of the cosmetics giant L`Oreal, for illegal campaign funds in February 2007.

Bettencourt was 84 at the time and suffering from a form of Alzheimer`s.

He has dismissed the accusations as "unfounded" in a statement on his Facebook page this week. His lawyer has started a legal action to quash the investigation.


First Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 12:18

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