Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy denounced the charges against him over the Bettencourt case.
On Monday, Sarkozy used his facebook page to reject the official accusations that he exploited the weakness of L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, to receive illegal donations in order to finance his 2007 election campaign.
“I want to insist that, at no moment in my public life, did I betray the duties of my office,” the former French president wrote. “I will put all my energy into proving my integrity and honesty. The truth will triumph in the end. I have no doubt about that.”
Sarkozy, recently dropped several hints that he is considering a return to politics. The fact that he remains the most popular politician with in his UMP party is a sign that he might have chances to win the presidential elections in 2017. According to France 24, a poll published on Sunday revealed that nearly two thirds of the electorate does not think the Bettencourt scandal will prevent Sarkozy from making a political comeback.
On 6 March, Sarkozy criticised the current French president Francois Hollande saying that the Socialist party leader, has smashed everything that he managed to build with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Not because he does not get along with her but because his politics are completely opposed to that of Germany,” the former French president said.
Regarding his return to politics Sarkozy told Valeurs Actuelles magazines that politics is a world that “bores him to death” but he predicted that there will be a moment when he will be obliged to return. “Not by desire. By duty. Only because it is for France,” he said.