Sarkozy allies detained in French corruption probe

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Associated Press

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 9:03 AM

PARIS (AP) — A top aide to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained in an investigation into alleged misuse of public funds.

The Paris prosecutor's office said Claude Gueant is under questioning Tuesday along with the former national police chief, Michel Gaudin.

According to French media reports, the probe centers on envelopes full of 10,000 euros in cash delivered to Gueant every month from 2002-2004, when Sarkozy was interior minister and Gueant was his right-hand man. Gueant went on to serve as presidential chief of staff.

Sarkozy has not been publicly targeted in the case. But it could be one more potential problem for the former president if he seeks another term in 2017. Sarkozy has been investigated in a case involving illegal campaign financing and misuse of public funds.

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