France: Sarkozy denies trying to bribe judge at landmark corruption trial

French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday said he “never committed the slightest act of corruption” and vowed to go “all the way” to clear his name at his landmark graft trial.


The 65-year-old rightwinger, who led France from 2007 to 2012, is the country’s first modern head of state to appear in the dock.

In one of several cases against him he is accused of trying to bribe a judge with a plum retirement job in exchange for inside information on an inquiry into his campaign finances.

He risks a sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of €1 million ($1.2 million) if convicted of corruption and influence-peddling.

Defending himself in court for the first time on Monday Sarkozy said he relished the prospect of getting a fair hearing after being “dragged through the mud for six years”.

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