Sarkozy scandal: France's Hollande denies influencing justice system

Sarkozy scandal: France's Hollande denies influencing justice system

Monday, July 14, 2014 1:29 pm

PARIS – French leader Francois Hollande forcefully denied having influenced the justice system in a corruption scandal surrounding Nicolas Sarkozy after the former president claimed he was the victim of a set-up.

A photo taken on March 9, 2012 in Nice, southeastern France, shows France’s incumbent president and UMP ruling party candidate for the 2012 presidential election Nicolas Sarkozy waiting before delivering a speech at the Mediterranean Center University during a campaign visit. Nicolas Sarkozy was on July 1st, 2014 detained for questioning in a corruption probe, a judicial source told, in an unprecedented move against a former French president. Anti-corruption investigators can hold Sarkozy for questioning for up to 24 hours, with a possible extension of another day.    AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE


“I not only did not do it (influence the justice system) but I couldn’t even have thought about it as it goes so against the conception of democracy and also the spirit of my responsibility,” he said in a television interview on France’s national day.

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