Spy chief caught in snooping scandal
The Financial Times reports that the fresh scandal is the latest in a series of legal actions surrounding Mr Sarkozy and people close to him.
The former president was himself under formal investigation earlier in the year for allegedly taking advantage of Liliane Bettencourt - the 90-year-old billionaire heiress to the L’Oréal cosmetics fortune - by soliciting undeclared election funding from her in 2007 before his victorious campaign that year.
He denies the allegations and is seeking to have the case dismissed.
However it has now come to light that Mr Squarcini had demanded the phone records of a journalist for Le Monde during the time Mr Sarkozy was allegedly seeking funds from Ms Bettencourt.
Mr Squarcini has argued that his actions were legal and in defence of the national interest. However, a spokeswoman for the Paris Court said investigating judges had sent him for trial charged with ‘the collection of personal data by fraudulent, unfair or illicit means’, which carries a possible jail term of up to five years and a fine of €300,000.