Sarkozy fails to quash election fraud inquiry
Nicolas Sarkozy could be forced to stand trial after failing in his attempt to quash an inquiry into claims he used Libyan cash for his 2007 election campaign. The former French president saw a Paris appeals court yesterday uphold the validity of the investigation into reports he accepted €45 million (NZ$80m) from the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. The 65-year-old has denied the allegations but his lawyer would not say if he would appeal against the decision. The failed legal bid means the inquiry by two anti-corruption judges can continue, although it remains to be seen whether they will call for a trial. Sarkozy, is also accused of using his influence to attempt to bribe a senior judge for information.