France: Sarkozy stands trial accused of seeking to bribe judge

Nicolas Sarkozy will fight allegations of corruption and influence peddling in a high-profile trial starting on Monday — the first in a series of legal cases that could make or break the former French president’s political legacy.

Prosecutors allege that Mr Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog sought to bribe a judge to get information about a separate criminal case involving a politician, his political allies, and billionaire L’Oréal heiress Françoise Bettencourt.

That a former president is forced to appear in court is rare and legal experts have called it a key test for France’s anti-corruption investigators and judges. The last time a former French leader faced trial was in 2011, when Jacques Chirac was convicted of misusing public funds during his time as Paris mayor.

The original full article can be found at ft.com

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