Corruption probe is launched into Nicholas Sarkozy amid claims he took 40m from Colonel Gaddafi to fund election campaign

Nicholas Sarkozy in corruption probe amid claims he took 40MILLION from Colonel Gaddafi to fund election campaignFrench law bans candidates from receiving cash payments above 6,300Claims donations were laundered through banks in Panama and SwitzerlandSarkozy called Gaddafi 'Brother Leader' at controversial visit to Paris in 2007Former president may have accepted 40million in under-the-table kickbacks By Matt Blake and Peter Allen PUBLISHED: 11:10 GMT, 19 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:29 GMT, 20 April 2013 Former French president Nicholas Sarkozy is to be formally investigated amid claims he accepted 40million in under-the-table kickbacks from Colonel Gaddafi during his 2007 election campaign, it was revealed today. An official at the public prosecutor’s office said an inquiry had been opened after allegations by French-Lebanese businessman Ziad Takieddine, himself under investigation over arms sales to Pakistan in the 1990s. Mr Sarkozy, 58, faces a range of charges including bribery and corruption, forgery, misuse of corporate assets and influence peddling, according to a judicial source.