Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused by a former colleague of asking for sexual favours while he was in office.
The lurid allegations are being made in a new book by fellow UMP party member Marie-Célile Guillaume. She claims Sarkozy asked a local MP to perform sexual favours on him.
The former president apparently asked the 58-year-old local representative to give him “une gaterie” (literally translated as a little treat).
The alleged incident reportedly occurred when the MP was visiting Sarkozy at the Elysée Palace to ask for funds for a local project.
In the book, called “The monarch, his son and his kingdom”, Guillaume claims Sarkozy pointed out to the minister that he was sexually excited.
Sarkozy apparently said. “Look at what state I’m in. You can’t leave me like this...
“You can see I need to relax. Go on, it’s no big deal... It will only last a few moments,” instructing the MP to “be gentle” as he had to make a speech a few minutes later.
Talking on the popular French current affairs show on Canal+, Le Grand Journal, on Wednesday night, author Guillaume said the purpose of her book is “to tell people of politics as I’ve lived it over the past 10 years.”
The revelation comes just as Sarkozy’s presidential immunity expires. At midnight tonight he will no longer be protected from accusations of breaking the law.