Confusion and delay: Sarkozy corruption trial gets off to uncertain start

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The high-profile trial of Nicolas Sarkozy, in which he is accused of trying to use his influence to find out confidential judicial information, is finally under way in Paris. But the case, the first in which a former French president has faced corruption charges, has been beset by a string of disruptions and by sometimes confusing legal disputes. The result so far, says Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan, is a trial that has not yet done justice to the issues that are at stake.

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The trial of Nicolas Sarkozy, the first case in which a former French president has been tried for corruption, has finally got under way in Paris. But so far the reality of the court proceedings has not matched up to the lofty issues that are at stake.