Michel Platini, the former president of Uefa and head of European football, has been arrested over the decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
He was taken into custody in Nanterre, Paris, on Tuesday morning and detained at the Anti-Corruption Office of the Judicial Police.
French police investigating the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups previously questioned former Fifa president Sepp Blatter.
According to French news site Mediapart, the former secretary general of the Elysee, Claude Gueant, has also been taken in for questioning but has not been arrested.
Qatar controversially won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup nearly a decade ago.
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