France’s ex-president does not admit “atrocities”

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For the first time, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy testified against him in the ongoing trial. Among other things, he is accused of bribery.

The French ex-head of state Nicolas Sarkozy has flatly rejected the allegations of the judiciary against him. The French news agency AFP reported on Monday from the Paris courtroom. The 65-year-old and his long-time lawyer Thierry Herzog have to answer for suspected bribery and unauthorized influence.

“I do not admit to any of the atrocities with which I have been persecuted for six years,” said Sarkozy, according to the agency. The conservative was the first to comment on the matter in the process.

Nicolas Sarkozy is accused of trying in 2014 through his legal advisor to learn investigative secrets from Gilbert Azibert, then an advocate general at the Court of Cassation. Sarkozy ruled the Élysée Palace from 2007 to 2012.

Spectacular process

The spectacular process had already started last week. However, the state of health of the lawyer Azibert, who was also accused, had to be clarified, who initially did not appear.

According to a medical report, the 73-year-old is able to negotiate. Azibert now came to the court, as media reported. The accused face prison sentences of up to ten years and a fine of one million euros.

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