France

Former French PM Probed in Embezzlement Investigation

Dominique de Villepin also ran for president

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Former French prime minister Dominque de Villepin was brought in for questioning Tuesday by police investigating luxury hotel chain Relais et Châteaux, whose former CEO is accused of involvement in an embezzlement scheme.

Régis Bulot, who headed the company between 1987 and 2005, was taken into custody last November after prosecutors accused him of organised fraud and money laundering. The 64-year-old is suspected of having embezzled some 1.6 million euros between 2002 and 2008. He was released from prison in June this year after seven months in custody.