Former French president accused of trying to obtain classified information from a former judge
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is set to stand trial in October over charges of corruption, according to a decision made public by a Paris criminal court on Jan 8, reported Politico.
Sarkozy is accused of having tried to obtain classified information about an investigation from a former judge in early 2014 through his lawyer, Le Monde reported.
Sarkozy has been hit with a slew of corruption and illegal campaign financing allegations — all of which he rejects — since losing to François Hollande in the 2012 presidential election.
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The former president also faces charges over allegations that he spent nearly €43 million on his failed reelection campaign — almost twice the spending limit.
Sarkozy`s party, then known as the UMP and now called Les Républicains, is accused of working with a public relations firm called Bygmalion to hide the true cost of his bid, using fake invoices. Sarkozy has said he was unaware of the fraud by executives at Bygmalion, who are also implicated in the case, according to the Guardian.
In 2018, Sarkozy was briefly detained over allegations that part of his 2007 election campaign had been illegally financed by the Libyan government, then led by Muammar Gaddafi who was ousted and later killed during the Arab Spring in 2011.
But Sarkozy has always denied these allegations, saying there is a lack of credible evidence against him.