A judicial enquiry into Nicolas Sarkozy`s 2012 presidential campaign Thursday snared a close ally of the former French president, who announced a triumphant return to front-line politics only last month.
"The match has begun," French political veteran Alain Juppe said today after his rival and ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy announced his comeback, as the battle for supremacy over the country's beleaguered opposition kicked off.
The corruption scandal surrounding former French president Nicolas Sarkozy deepened further today with fresh leaks of telephone conversations purporting to show he offered to get a judge a plum job in return for favours.
Two in three French voters feel they will not back embattled ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2017 presidential election in 2017 amid corruption probe, a survey revealed Saturday.
According to a BVA poll for the news channel I tele and the daily Le Parisien, 65 percent of respondents did not want to see the conservative politician competing in the race to the Elysee, Xinhua reported.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on Wednesday, the prosecutor`s office said, on suspicions he tried to use his influence to thwart an investigation of his 2007 election campaign.
The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld a ban imposed by France on the wearing of face-covering veils in public, rejecting arguments that the order violates religious freedoms and bolstering opponents of strict Islamic dress in other parts of Europe, BBC reported.