Investigators on Tuesday searched the home and offices of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy over allegations about the illegal financing of his 2007 campaign.
An unnamed official official, who confirmed the development to the Associated Press, said Judge Jean-Michel Gentil and other investigators from the Paris financial crimes unit conducted the search.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to be publicly named discussing an ongoing investigation.
The probe centers on the finances of France’s richest woman, L’Oreal cosmetics heiress Lilliane Bettencourt.
Allegations have emerged that she provided illegal campaign cash to Sarkozy’s party.
Sarkozy, who lost the presidency to Francois Hollande in May elections, denies the claims.