A former French intelligence chief faced trial on Tuesday for spying on a journalist in a case linked to France's wealthiest woman and to former president Nicolas Sarkozy, reports RFI.
Bernard Squarcini says he was acting in the national interest by tapping into the phone records of Gérard Davet, a journalist with French newspaper Le Monde.
Investigators though say his defence cannot possibly hold and consider him guilty of illegally collecting personal data.
Squarcini was trying to find the journalist's source in an investigative report on Liliane Bettencourt, France's wealthiest woman.
Read more of this report from RFI.