Sarkozy: 'I have never commited an act against the Republic'
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the country's legal system was being used for political means after he was put under formal investigation for corruption. He stressed he had never betrayed the French nor "committed an act against the Republic's principles and the rule of law".
"The situation is sufficiently serious to tell the French people where we stand on the political exploitation of part of the legal system today," Sarkozy said in extract of a radio interview.
He also denied any wrongdoing. "I say to all those who are listening or watching that I have never betrayed them and have never committed an act against the Republic's principles and the rule of law," the former French president said.