Sarkozy is suspected of involvement in the choice of the organizer of the Qatar 2022 world Cup football

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in fotobabble the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy. Archival photoSarkozy is suspected of involvement in the choice of the organizer of the Qatar 2022 world Cup football© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

French investigators may be investigating former President Nicolas Sarkozy to corruption schemes, which allegedly accompanied the decision to hold world football championship 2022 in Qatar, the newspaper Daily Telegraph, citing close to the investigation sources.

The election of the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 took place in December 2010 in Zurich. The 2018 world Cup was given to Russia. To host the 2022 world Cup were claimed by Australia, Japan, South Korea, Qatar and the United States. The election was delayed until the fourth round, which was won by Qatar. France was considered one of the most active proponents of the organization of the world Cup in Qatar.

According to the newspaper, investigators are checking a few deals related to French assets that are acquired by the Qatari authorities. One of these transactions is the sale of the French waste recycling company Veolia, 5% of the shares purchased by the Qatari state investment Fund.

Investigators believe that the transaction «could be spread» around 180 million euros, and some of them paid officials responsible for choosing the host country for the world Cup.

The newspaper reported that Sarkozy was closely acquainted with former and current managers of the company, in connection with what investigators are likely to check, whether was he the beneficiary of the diversion of funds after signing the contract.

The representative of the Procurator fiscal of France confirmed that the Agency is conducting two separate investigations on the deal with Veolia and the application of Qatar. According to her, these investigations do not relate with them, and Sarkozy «at this stage, is not their helper».