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Former French president Sarkozy faces verdict in corruption trial

France — Link

Ex-head of state is accused of offering a plum job in Monaco to a judge in exchange for inside information on an inquiry into his campaign finances.

Sarkozy to go on trial for corruption and 'influence peddling'

France — Link

Case based on wiretapped phone-calls in which Mr Sarkozy allegedly sought to influence judge and get leaks into progress of investigation.

WikiLeaks documents on US snooping on France – what the presidents said

Dossier: la France et l'Allemagne sur écoute — Investigation

The leaked transcripts and reports on the phone taps carried out by the National Security Agency on three French presidents concern the current head of state, socialist François Hollande, and his right-wing predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac. The documents obtained by WikiLeaks and revealed here by Mediapart reveal the different priorities at the time of the three French heads of state, as well as their different styles. Hollande and his then-prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, were discussing the Greek crisis, Sarkozy hoped to save the world from the financial crisis and Jacques Chirac was handing out detailed orders to his foreign minister. Lénaïg Bredoux and Ellen Salvi from Mediapart and Julian Assange of WikiLeaks report on what the presidents said.