Euronews 22 Nov 2020

Former French President Nikolas Sarkozy due in court on corruption charges


The former French President Nikolas Sarkozy is due to appear in court on corruption charges that could see him go to jail for up to ten years if proven.

Former French president Nicolas #Sarkozy goes on #trial Monday for attempted bribery of a judge in what could turn into a humiliating postscript to a political career tainted by a litany of legal woes.
Former French President Nicolas #Sarkozy is facing new legal charges over alleged illegal financing of his successful election campaign in 2007, the financial prosecutor's office said on Friday, confirming an earlier Mediapart press report. Sarkozy, who once again claimed his innocence on his Facebook page, has now been indicted for "#conspiracy" in the inquiry over alleged #Libyan #financing of this campaign.
The trial of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for corruption and influence-peddling was suspended less than two hours after it started, to allow a medical report on one of the defendants.
Sarkozy is accused of illegally attempting to influence a magistrate.
It is the first of three potential corruption trials for the man who led France in the past and hopes to stage a comeback.
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