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.

Sexist "rape club" at DSK"s prestigious university

Students at elite French universities formed 'rape club' and threatened to simulate 'mass sex attack at womens’ group' Eight students facing disciplinary panel at Bordeaux Political collegeThey were members of the sexist group 'Dare to Choose Masculism'It planned to to invade feminist debate and 'simulate a mass sexual attack'Majority of members said they approved of gang rape in Facebook vote College forms part of the elite Sciences Po network Scandal is 'evidence of institutional sexism among France's future leaders' By Daniel Miller PUBLISHED: 17:30 GMT, 6 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 7 February 2013 Alumnus: Shamed former IMF chief Dominic Strauss-Kahn attended the Bordeaux college at the centre of the scandal A sexist club at the former elite French college of shamed ex IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn advocated gang rape and suggested carrying out a simulated sexual attack on a feminist organisation. Eight men are to facing a disciplinary panel at the Bordeaux Branch of the Institute of Political Studies, part of the Sciences Po network of institutes famous for educating many of the country's political and business leaders.

Carla Bruni admits craving cigarettes during pregnancy and describes giving birth as "fulfilling" during Vogue interview

Carla Bruni admits craving cigarettes during pregnancy and describes giving birth as 'fulfilling' during Vogue interviewThe model gave birth to daughter Giulia in November last yearIn the interview, she said she found breastfeeding 'absolutely sensual' Added that husband Nicolas Sarkozy is not the love of her lifeSparked outrage with comments saying a woman's place is in the home | UPDATED: 22:19 GMT, 2 December 2012 Carla Bruni has admitted to craving cigarettes whilst pregnant with her first child. The model said that even though giving birth was ‘fulfilling’, she enjoyed it less because she was unable to smoke the entire time

Nicolas Sarkozy meets former French PM in last ditch attempt to save his party from imploding

The return of Sarkozy: Ex French president called in after his party go to war over who should succeed himCrisis threatens to tear Sarkozy's conservative opposition party apartSarkozy meets his former Prime Minister Francois Fillon over lunch | UPDATED: 07:43 GMT, 27 November 2012 Nicolas Sarkozy has been called in to stop France’s right-wing opposition descending into civil war. Yesterday, the former president met Francois Fillon, one of the two men locked in an increasingly vicious dispute over who will succeed him as leader of the conservative UMP. Mr Fillon is mounting a legal challenge to rival Jean-Francois Cope’s razor-thin victory.