former french president nicolas sarkozy to appear in paris on monday on corruption and pressure charges, french media reported ...
in addition to him, the defendants in this case are his lawyer, thierry erzog, and a former high-ranking officer of the court of cassation, zhilber azibert.
the 65-year-old politician is accused of attempting to illegally obtain information from an aziberian about an investigation into sarkozy in 2014, which related to the illegal financing of the 2007 presidential campaign by his daughter, the founders of l'oreal, liliane bettencourt - one of the richest women in the world.
according to the investigation, sarkozy and erzog promised the aziber in exchange for information a position in monaco. they used a special secret mobile connection for negotiations.
the defendants in this case, who deny their guilt, may face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to 1 million euros.
in particular, sarkozy noted that he never tried to help the aziberian, and he never received a post in monaco.
hearings are expected to last until december 10th.
sarkozy was president of france from 2007 to 2012. he was unable to achieve re-election for a second term, losing the election to the socialist françois hollande.