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Sarkozy dodges official inquiry in election funding scandal

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks on the phone as he leaves the courthouse in Bordeaux November 22, 2012. Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog leave after a day of questioning by magistrates trying to establish whether his 2007 election campaign was illegally financed by the country's richest woman, a judicial source said. The risk for Sarkozy, unseated in May but considered a potential conservative candidate in the 2017 presidential race, is that he ends up plagued by suspicion for months or years, even if his lawyer says there is no case against him. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks on the phone as he leaves the courthouse in Bordeaux November 22, 2012. Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog leave after a day of questioning by magistrates trying to establish whether his 2007 election...more

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks on the phone as he leaves the courthouse in Bordeaux November 22, 2012. Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog leave after a day of questioning by magistrates trying to establish whether his 2007 election campaign was illegally financed by the country's richest woman, a judicial source said. The risk for Sarkozy, unseated in May but considered a potential conservative candidate in the 2017 presidential race, is that he ends up plagued by suspicion for months or years, even if his lawyer says there is no case against him. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L Rear) speaks on the phone as he sits near his lawyer Thierry Herzog (R Rear) as they leave the courthouse in Bordeaux November 22, 2012. Sarkozy and Herzog leave after a day of questioning by magistrates trying to establish whether his 2007 election campaign was illegally financed by the country's richest woman, a judicial source said. The risk for Sarkozy, unseated in May but considered a potential conservative candidate in the 2017 presidential race, is that he ends up plagued by suspicion for months or years, even if his lawyer says there is no case against him. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L Rear) speaks on the phone as he sits near his lawyer Thierry Herzog (R Rear) as they leave the courthouse in Bordeaux November 22, 2012. Sarkozy and Herzog leave after a day of questioning by magistrates...more

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L Rear) speaks on the phone as he sits near his lawyer Thierry Herzog (R Rear) as they leave the courthouse in Bordeaux November 22, 2012. Sarkozy and Herzog leave after a day of questioning by magistrates trying to establish whether his 2007 election campaign was illegally financed by the country's richest woman, a judicial source said. The risk for Sarkozy, unseated in May but considered a potential conservative candidate in the 2017 presidential race, is that he ends up plagued by suspicion for months or years, even if his lawyer says there is no case against him. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
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