Date: May 11 2012
NICOLAS Sarkozy could face questioning in a raft of party financing and corruption cases when he leaves the Elysee and loses presidential immunity.
The right-winger, who lost his re-election bid to Socialist Francois Hollande, held his last cabinet meeting on Wednesday. He told aides he would return to work as a lawyer at the Paris firm he partly owns, after taking a break with his wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, and their baby daughter.
But he could soon be called for questioning - either as a witness or potentially as a suspect - in several corruption cases when he loses presidential immunity a month after leaving office on May 15.
The most recent allegation is that he received €50 million ($A64.3 million) of illegal campaign contributions from the late Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi.
Mr Sarkozy dismissed the document produced in evidence as a forgery.
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