Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday lost a first appeal against facing trial over influence peddling and corruption charges and must await a second appeal before knowing if he will be sent to court, the Paris prosecutor’s office has announced, reports Reuters.
Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, is suspected of helping a prosecutor get promoted in return for leaked information about a separate criminal inquiry
It was unclear when the next appeal decision would come.
Sarkozy was defeated by socialist François Hollande when he ran for re-election in 2012. He has since faced a series of investigations into alleged corruption, fraud, favouritism and campaign-funding irregularities.