Ex-French-President Sarkozy Faces Corruption Trial

(From UPI)

A judge Thursday ordered former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial for allegedly trying to illegally obtain information from a judge.

A French judicial official said Sarkozy, who led the country from 2007 to 2012, must go to trial along with one of his lawyers and a former magistrate on charges of active corruption and influence peddling.

At issue is Sarkozy’s calls to a senior judge who was investigating separate allegations of illegal campaign funding in his 2007 presidential bid.

Each of the three parties ordered to face trial have denied the allegations. Sarkozy’s lawyers announced he will appeal the order.

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