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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial for corruption

France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy went on trial today on charges of corruption, becoming the first French ex-head of state to stand as an accused in the dock.

Sarkozy, who has vowed to vigorously contest the accusations of bribery, was himself present in court in Paris but did not make any statement to reporters.

The bribery inquiry also saw Sarkozy become the first ex-president taken into police custody for questioning after it was launched six years ago.

He fought furiously to have the case thrown out, denouncing “a scandal that will go down in history”.


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