French former President Nicolas Sarkozy has been placed under formal investigation by judges over allegations of corruption and misuse of influence, media reports said Wednesday. The move, which equates to preliminary charges, came on Tuesday after 15 hours of questioning for Sarkozy, Le Monde reported. Officials are looking into whether the right-wing leader promised a magistrate a prestigious position in return for inside information on an investigation into illegal campaign donations, from L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and others. Sarkozy, who faces a prison sentence if convicted, has denied all allegations, which come after the politician hinted he may make a comeback in France's 2017 presidential elections.

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