Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy waves to reporters on Sunday as he leaves France Television headquarters in Paris after announcing his political comeback. Photograph: AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy won a small victory yesterday when it was announced that the Paris appeals court has suspended an investig(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy: Under French law, he can be detained for 48 hours. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday became the first former president in the history of France to be detained for questioning, in an investigation into alleged (...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy at a Paris St Germain match at the weekend. He bought  a second mobile phone after being tipped off that he was being bugged, but the new one was also tapped.  Photograph: Reuters/Benoit Tessier

Summaries of seven recorded telephone conversations between the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer (...)

The then French president Nicolas Sarkozy makes a phone call at a European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels in December 2009. Mr Sarkozy’s phone was tapped during a judicial investigation into the financing of his 2007 election campaign, Le Monde newspaper reported today, a move denounced by his lawyer as “monstrous”. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

The telephones of France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy, his lawyer and two of Mr Sarkozy’s former interior ministers were tapped last year by (...)