‘ Sarkozy Corruption Case Suspended Days After He Announces His Political Come-Back ‘

#AceNewsServices – PARIS – September 24 – A French court has suspended an investigation launched in July against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for corruption and influence-peddling, AFP reported on Wednesday.

The Paris appeals court decided the previous day to drop the probe and does not have to give a reason, a source close to the inquiry said.

The decision came days after he announced his political comeback.

Sarkozy still remains mired in several other judicial matters, including for alleged corruption.

His announcement ended months of speculation about the intentions of the conservative former president, who vowed to give up politics after he failed to be re-elected in 2012.

The UMP party elections are due to be held in November.

Although Mr Sarkozy has kept a low profile since leaving office, he has faced a series of investigations that involve him in some capacity.

The suspended case relates to an alleged attempt to influence judges who were looking into his affairs.

The suspension could last several months, according to AFP news agency.

Other inquiries include one into his links with late Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi and another into illegal campaign funding in 2012.

Mr Sarkozy denies wrongdoing.

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` France’s Conservatives call for `Francois Hollande’s ‘ justice minister to quit over phone tapping enquiry’

#AceWorldNews France’s opposition conservatives called on Wednesday for Francois Hollande’s justice minister to quit, Reuters reported.

The motion came after it emerged the government knew that ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy’s phone was being tapped, contrary to the minister’s earlier statement.

The conservatives have accused Hollande’s government of using the surveillance, launched by investigators as part of a party funding inquiry, to discredit them ahead local elections later this month.

Ruling Socialists risk losing ground in the polls. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira earlier dismissed the accusation, saying she had not been aware of the surveillance.

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` Sarkozy telephone conversations were monitored by a `Court Order ‘ Le Monde reports ‘

#AceMediaNews says that the telephone conversations of former President Nicolas Sarkozy were monitored on a court order, Le Monde newspaper reported.

The decision was reportedly made during the investigation of alleged illegal financing of Sarkozy’s presidential campaign in 2007, including by the then-Libyan regime.

Lawyers earlier said Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni, will file a legal complaint over secret audio recordings made of them by an adviser during the 2012 election campaign.

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