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Sarkozy faces 2025 trial over alleged Libyan corruption

Sarkozy has been dogged by legal problems since his one term in office in 2007-2012
— Paris (AFP)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy will be tried in 2025 over allegations he took money from late Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi to fund one of his election campaigns, prosecutors said on Friday.

The trial has been scheduled for January-April 2025 and is set to hear explosive evidence that the right-winger conspired to take cash from the Libyan leader to illegally fund his victorious 2007 bid to become French president.

Sarkozy, who has faced a litany of legal problems since his one term in office, denies the allegations -- which are the most serious he faces and potentially the most damaging to his already badly tainted reputation.

The 68-year-old has already been convicted twice for corruption and influence-peddling in separate cases involving attempts to influence a judge and campaign financing. He has appealed against both judgements.

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