URGENT ¥¥¥ Sarkozy 'charged with taking advantage of elderly heiress'

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was on Thursday charged with taking advantage of the elderly L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, his lawyer told AFP, adding that he would immediately appeal.

The move came after Sarkozy was unexpectedly summoned for a face-to-face encounter with staff members of Bettencourt over claims he accepted envelopes stuffed with cash from France's richest woman to illegally finance his 2007 election campaign.