France: French court rejects delay for Sarkozy corruption trial

A Paris court has rejected a request to postpone the corruption trial of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and two other defendants, ordering them to appear in person for hearings that will begin on Monday.

Sarkozy became France’s first modern head of state to appear in the dock this week, on suspicions he promised a plush job to a judge in exchange for inside information on a campaign finance inquiry.

Lawyers for the judge, 73-year-old Gilbert Azibert, sought a postponement for medical reasons when the trial opened on Monday, saying he had health problems that made public appearances risky during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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