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Former French President appeals 2021 corruption conviction

Former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy was at the Court of Appeal in Paris on Monday to plead his case after he was sentenced to three years in prison for corruption and influence peddling in a wiretapping scheme.  

Sarkozy is trying to reverse his conviction. His lawyer, Thierry Herzog and former magistrate, Gilbert Azibert, were also given similar penalties.

The former president was convicted in March 2021 for corruption and influence peddling offenses after French justice department had proof that he used his office to try and obtain information about an investigation.

The accusations are based on private telephone conversations between Sarkozy and Herzog.

The former president denied any wrong doing about committing any irregularity and tried to overturn the recordings as valid evidence in the trial, as he argued they were gotten illegally.

Nicolas Sarkozy ruled France between 2007 and 2012, while in 2011 his predecessor in the Elysee Jacques Chirac, was also sentenced to two years for crimes he committed during his time as mayor of Paris, to which Chirac never came to court for health reasons.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu