Former French President Sarkozy is on trial for corruption charges

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will be brought to trial on charges of corruption in October, a judicial source confirmed on Wednesday.

The 64-year-old conservative president and his lawyer face charges of corruption and abuse of influence in an alleged attempt to obtain information from a senior judicial official in another case.

The former official, whose name has not been mentioned in any court documents, is also facing charges, as it was alleged that he was hoping to obtain a prestigious job in Monaco in exchange for the disclosure of the requested information.

Sarkozy, who was president of France between 2007 and 2012, denied the accusations but failed in several attempts to drop the charges before the trial.

The allegations are based on eavesdropped conversations between the former president and his legal adviser, Terry Herzog.

The upcoming trial is not the only legal problem against Sarkozy.

Sarkozy has been ordered to stand trial for over-spending in his failed campaign for re-election for a second term in 2012.

In a third case, Sarkozy is under investigation on suspicion of receiving illegal funding from the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for his 2007 campaign.

Sakuzi, who lost the 2012 elections to the Socialist candidate, François Hollande, strongly denied all accusations against him.

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