Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy under fire in connection with 2022 World Cup

The Qatar World Cup bid is already the subject of multiple international criminal inquiries into allegations they bribed their way into hosting the tournament. A source close to the French authorities said that officers were examining several deals made between France and Qatar – including the purchase of a French utility firm and the sale of a five per cent stake in a waste management company Veolia by Qatari Diar, a state-owned investment company.

Sarkozy is known to have close links with to several current and former Veolia executives and the chief executive of the company, Sebastien Bazin, which sold Paris Saint Germain (PSG) to Qatar in 2010.

As a result, French prosecutors are now thought to be looking into whether Sarkozy benefited from these deals and whether he knew or participated in any improper transactions linked to the World Cup bid.

Source Credit: Independent
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