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Sarkozy to face corruption and influence paddling trial

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy lost his final bid to avoid going to trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling, said his lawyer on Wednesday, Euronews reports.

Sarkozy to face corruption and influence paddling trial

Sarkozy to face corruption and influence paddling trial

STEPANAKERT, JUNE 20,  ARTSAKHPRESS: This is the first time in the history of modern France that a former leader will face explicit corruption charges in court.

Sarkozy stands accused of offering to help a judge win a promotion in Monaco in return for leaked information.

The Court of Cassation, which rules on questions of law, said that a trial was justified for Sakorzy, his lawyer Thierry Herzog as well as former judge Gilbert Azibert.
The trial is set to begin in the next months in Paris but doesn't have a set date yet.
Sarkozy is not the first former president to be prosecuted, his predecessor Jacques Chirac was given a two-year suspended sentence in 2011 for embezzlement and misuse of public funds during his time as mayor of Paris.

     

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