Nicolas Sarkozy has become France’s first former president to appear in the dock as he went on trial accused of corruption and influence peddling for allegedly trying to bribe a judge for information.
The former leader was called under his full name, Mr Sarkozy de Nagy-Bocsa. He responded that “Sarkozy was enough”. Reminded that the legal record demanded his full name, he added: “For the moment I don’t need to use it.”
Sarkozy arrived at the court shortly after 2pm on Monday, choosing a little-used entrance to avoid the cameras outside. Inside the tribunal building, police kept journalists at a distance. He left when the case was adjourned about an hour later.