Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been sent to trial for corruption and influence peddling. The case centres over attampts Sarkozy allegedly made to contact a senior judge who was investigating claims that his 2007 presidential campaign was illegally funded. Sarkozy is alleged to have promised the judge a comfortable promotion in return for information about the fraud inquiry. The judge and Sarkozy’s lawyer, Thierry Herzog, have also been ordered to stand trial on the same charges. All three have denied any wrongdoing; the former leader’s lawyers announced he would appeal against the decision to send the case to court. This new legal setback came days after Sarkozy was formally put under investigation over claims he took €50m (£44m) from the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi in illegal donations for his successful 2007 presidential campaign, which he also denied. He went on prime time television to denounce the allegations as “crazy, monstrous”. In this latest case, Sarkozy is accused of contacting Gilbert Azibert, then a senior judge in France’s highest court, the court of cassation, in 2014 – two years after he left office – via his lawyer Thierry Herzog in order to obtain information about an investigation being carried… Read full this story
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