r/worldnews – Nicolas Sarkozy in dock as ‘historic trial’ over corruption finally begins

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Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, will make history on Monday when he appears in court accused of corruption and influence peddling.

In a case known as the “Bugging affair”, the prosecution alleges Sarkozy and his lawyer, Thierry Herzog, attempted to bribe a senior magistrate, Gilbert Azibert, to hand over secret information from a separate investigation against the former French leader.

Additional wiretaps on these phones picked up conversations suggesting that Sarkozy had been in contact with Azibert, then a member of the Cour de Cassation – the highest court in France – via Herzog to request confidential information about a separate investigation into whether Sarkozy received donations from the ailing L’Oréal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt.

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