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Sarkozy's corruption probe suspended after his comeback announcement

A source says that the inquiry doesn’t have to give a reason.

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AN INVESTIGATION FOR corruption and influence-peddling against the former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been suspended.

It comes days after he dramatically announced his political comeback on Facebook.

The investigation was launched in July but a source told AFP that the Paris appeals court decided to drop the probe on Tuesday and that the inquiry does not have to give a reason.

This may give Sarkozy a respite, but he still remains mired in several other judicial matters, including for alleged corruption.

The 59-year-old husband of model-turned-singer Carla Bruni, said he would find a different way to serve his country when he left the Elysee Palace in 2012.

However on Friday, he wrote, “I have decided to propose a new political choice to the French.”

I love France too much. I am too passionate about public debate and the future of my compatriots to see them condemned to choose between the desperate spectacle of today and the prospect of dead-end isolation.

His successor, Socialist Francois Hollande, has become the most unpopular French leader of modern times over his handling of the economy.

Additional reporting AFP and AP.

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