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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to answer questions in court over illegal donations

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is appearing in court to answer questions about suspicions he illegally accepted donations from France's richest woman to fund his 2007 election campaign.

A judge in Bordeaux on Thursday will decide whether the 57-year-old Conservative will be charged with taking advantage of the 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt. Sarkozy has consistently denied all allegations.

Bettencourt's former accountant told police that she handed over €150,000 ($192,000) in cash she was told would be passed on to Sarkozy's campaign treasurer. In July, a magistrate ordered the seizure of Sarkozy's diaries.