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Sarkozy 'charged with taking advantage of elderly heiress'

Nicolas Sarkozy (C at the back of the car) leaves Bordeaux' courthouse on March 21, 2013
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (C at the back of the car) leaves Bordeaux' courthouse on March 21, 2013, after a hearing before a judge over claims he accepted envelopes stuffed with cash from L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt to illegally fina

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was on Thursday charged with taking advantage of the elderly L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, his lawyer told AFP, adding that he would immediately appeal.

The move came after Sarkozy was unexpectedly summoned for a face-to-face encounter with staff members of Bettencourt over claims he accepted envelopes stuffed with cash from France's richest woman to illegally finance his 2007 election campaign.