Govt denies meddling in Sarkozy case

France’s Socialist government on Thursday rejected claims it was using the justice system for political ends after ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy accused his enemies of being behind corruption charges. Charged with three corruption-related counts on Wednesday, the right-winger angrily hit back in a televised interview, denying he broke the law and denouncing ‘political interference’ in the case.

Sarkozy insisted his political career was not over, but an opinion poll released on Thursday showed nearly two-thirds of French voters against a comeback by the conservative who ran France from 2007 to 2012. ‘The judiciary is independent, there is no longer any intervention,’ government spokesman Stephane Le Foll told Europe 1 radio.

‘Some people have a hard time believing this, for reasons I don’t want to comment on,’ Le Foll said, in a reference to left-wing allegations that Sarkozy’s government unduly influenced the justice system. By accusing the judiciary of bias, including singling out one judge in the case, Sarkozy
‘is trying to divert public attention to politics, conspiracies or who knows what,’ Socialist Party leader
Jean-Christophe Cambadelis said.
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