25 January 2022,   17:12
Prosecutors seek jail for ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy

French prosecutors have requested two years of prison and a two-year suspended sentence for former president Nicolas Sarkozy in a landmark corruption and influence peddling trial in Paris.

The 65-year-old Sarkozy is accused of having tried to illegally obtain information from a senior magistrate in 2014 about an investigation involving him.

Prosecutors requested the same sentence for Sarkozy’s co-defendants — his lawyer and friend Thierry Herzog and magistrate Gilbert Azibert. All three denied wrongdoing. Defence lawyers were due to speak on Wednesday and Thursday. The verdict is expected at a later date.