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Former French President Sarkozy cleared in campaign finance case linked to L'Oreal heiress
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, October 7, 2013 11:23 AM EDT
French judges have dropped an investigation into former President Nicolas Sarkozy over allegations that he illegally took donations from France's richest woman on the way to his 2007 election victory.
The conservative Sarkozy lost the presidency to Socialist Francois Hollande last year.
Ten others are expected to go to trial next year on charges including alleged fraud and abuse of someone in an impaired state in the case. It involves Liliane Bettencourt, the 90-year-old L'Oreal cosmetics heiress.
Speculation is rife Sarkozy might run for president again in 2017.