Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to face corruption trial

Sarkozy to face trial for alleged spying on probe into campaign corruption

Sarkozy to face trial for alleged spying on probe into campaign corruption

Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy will stand trial for allegedly misusing his influence to spy on an investigation into his 2007 presidential bid.

The questions relate to the financing of his 2007 presidential campaign, which he won, according to Le Monde.

Nicolas Sarkozy, former head of the Les Republicains political party, attends a Les Republicains (LR) public meeting in Les Sables d'Olonne, France on October 1, 2016.

Mr Sarkozy is accused of phoning him and offering to use his contacts to secure a prestigious role in Monaco for Mr Azibert, in exchange for the information on a financing case.

Sarkozy has faced multiple corruption investigations since leaving office in 2012.

Sarkozy appealed that order to stand trial, and a decision on his appeal is pending.

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Despite his personal turmoil, he appeared alongside Emmanuel Macron and several other former presidents for the state funeral of Arnaud Beltrame, the heroic gendarme who died saving hostages' lives at a supermarket siege last week.

Sarkozy is suspected of attempting to obtain secret information in 2014 via his lawyer Thierry Herzog from a prosecutor about the status of an investigation into campaign financing.

Sarkozy's lawyers said in a statement that they would appeal a decision to send him to court.

The call - in which Mr Sarkozy allegedly used the alias Paul Bismuth - was wiretapped by police.

Influence-peddling can be punished in France by up to five years in prison and a fine of 500,000 euros ($682,000). A judged ordered him and 13 others to trial previous year to face charges of illegal financing of his 2012 presidential campaign.