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Sarkozy in court over 'donation'

Former president Nicolas Sarkozy is appearing in court over claims that he illegally accepted donations from France's richest woman to fund his 2007 election campaign.

A judge in Bordeaux will decide whether the 57-year-old Conservative will be charged with taking advantage of 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

Mr Sarkozy has consistently denied the allegations.

Ms Bettencourt's former accountant told police she handed over 150,000 euros (£120,700) in cash that she was told would be passed on to Mr Sarkozy's campaign treasurer.

In July, a magistrate ordered the seizure of Mr Sarkozy's diaries.

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