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Sarkozy held in landmark detention over criminal probe

Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained for questioning in a widening corruption probe, a judicial source told AFP, in an unprecedented move against a former French presidentNicolas Sarkozy was taken into custody for questioning in a criminal investigation Tuesday in an unprecedented move that could wreck the former president’s hopes of a political comeback. His longtime lawyer Thierry Herzog and a magistrate Gilbert Azibert — taken into custody a day earlier alongside another magistrate — were both charged with “influence peddling” in a late night court appearance, their respective lawyers said.

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