The corruption scandal surrounding former French president Nicolas Sarkozy deepened further today with fresh leaks of telephone conversations purporting to show he offered to get a judge a plum job in return for favours.
Two in three French voters feel they will not back embattled ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2017 presidential election in 2017 amid corruption probe, a survey revealed Saturday.
According to a BVA poll for the news channel I tele and the daily Le Parisien, 65 percent of respondents did not want to see the conservative politician competing in the race to the Elysee, Xinhua reported.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on Wednesday, the prosecutor`s office said, on suspicions he tried to use his influence to thwart an investigation of his 2007 election campaign.
The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld a ban imposed by France on the wearing of face-covering veils in public, rejecting arguments that the order violates religious freedoms and bolstering opponents of strict Islamic dress in other parts of Europe, BBC reported.
France`s opposition conservatives called on Wednesday for Francois Hollande`s justice minister to quit after it emerged the government knew that ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy`s phone was being tapped, contrary to her earlier statement.