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Sarko in the dock: Nicolas Sarkozy becomes first French president to appear in court on criminal charges as bribery trial starts

France's former leader Nicolas Sarkozy went on trial on corruption charges today, becoming the first French president to stand as an accused in the dock.

Sarkozy, 65, appeared in the Paris courthouse wearing a face mask and surrounded by lawyers and bodyguards today as he prepared to contest the charges of bribery, which he denies.

While Sarkozy's predecessor Jacques Chirac was convicted in a fake-jobs scandal relating to his time as mayor of Paris, he never appeared in court because of ill health - making Sarkozy the first president in the dock.

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