Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s former President expressed to French broadcasters on TF1 and Europe 1 that he was “deeply shocked following formal investigation early Wednesday in connection with suspected corruption and influence peddling, French media said.
He appeared before a court overnight after a day of questioning in Nantierre, a Paris suburb.
He said that there was a “willingness to humiliate” him, and that he “never committed any act contrary to republican principles or the rule of law.”
Sarkozy’s lawyer, Thierry Herzog, and a high-ranking magistrate, Gilbert Azibert, were also placed under formal investigation. They were called in for questioning Monday, along with another magistrate who was not brought before a judge.