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Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president (pictured with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2009), is being charged over his 2007 election campaign, believed to have received funding from the late Libyan leader / Photo: Screenshot/Aljazeera

Sarkozy to face trial for corruption

Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy will stand trial for allegedly misusing his influence to spy on an investigation into his 2007 presidential bid. It was claimed the campaign was funded by former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

France’s financial prosecutor has confirmed that the former president will stand trial for influence peddling, according to Reuters. He’s accused of securing leaked details of a probe into the alleged illicit funding of the presidential campaign.

The case came about after investigators examining allegations that Sarkozy’s campaign was funded by Libya began to suspect that he was monitoring the probe using a network of informants. It will come before France’s highest court.

Lawyers for Sarkozy said in a statement that they will appeal the decision to take him to court.

The decision comes just days after Sarkozy was indicted for illicit campaign financing, misappropriation of Libyan public funds and passive corruption.

Sarkozy, who was president of France from 2007 to 2012, denies all the allegations against him. The accusations first emerged in 2012 and a judicial inquiry was launched a year later.

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