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"Covert 19 lockdown. Many carried signs reading. Let US film Let us Breathe and your weapons are cameras. Meanwhile, there's another story that is gripping France The corruption trial of former President Nicolas Sarkozy. His nickname was the bling Bling president gives you a sense of Sarkozy's taste for the high life. Today. Sarkozy was in court in Paris to face the first of a serious of trials on corruption charges, illegal campaign financing and influence peddling. Charges of former president vehemently denies. World's your correspondent Orla. Barry. Reports when Nicolas Sarkozy lost the presidential election in 2012 after serving just one term in office, he made a promise. You won't hear about me anymore, He said the former French leader couldn't have been more wrong. Today. Sarkozy is the first French president in modern history to appear in court on corruption charges. And in spite of the pandemic, the French public is transfixed. We have a lovely visit on some crazy know Nicolas Sarkozy legal consecutively for Nick Nicholas. There is this morbid fascination in a way Of having such a powerful man having to face the judge and confirmed that his name is really Nicolas Sarkozy. Pierre Haski is the co founder of the French news website who 89 here is a man who looked at one stage as the youthful, energetic politician was going to renew the country and do Ends up in court 10 years later. I think the French have cut the head of their king 200 years ago, and in a way we enjoy bringing down our heroes, But to some, Sarkozy remains a hero. His supporters say All the investigations are just evidence of a left wing plot against him, many in circles. His political party. The Republika See, the former president is the only one who can truly saved the party. Robert Essawi is an associate professor of French studies at the university. Have Lester in the UK, probably amongst conservatives in France. He remains very popular. He still seen and viewed as one of the most effective, convincing leader of the conservative Party and Frost, but just a Sarkozy is loved. He's also loathed. Many remember him for his hard line policies targeting Islam. French Algerian journalist nebula Ram Danny says it was Sarkozy who brought in the so called burka ban. The legislation was primarily aimed at putting Muslim women in their place and criminalizing the alleged mains in their lives, who were forcing them to cover their faces effectively and indeed, criminalizing anyone who looked Two Muslim, but it wasn't just his politics the road voters the wrong way. Many found his lavish lifestyle on public romance with Italian model Carla Bruni have been too much. The early days of his presidency were characterized by dinners with his billionaire friends, super your holiday and private jets. He was also famous for his prestige, watches and jewelry and, of course from marrying the supermodel while in office. Today In a very unglamorous courtroom in Paris, Sarkozy stands accused of trying to bribe a judge. It's alleged he asked the judge to reveal details from separate investigation in return for a cushy job in Monaco. That job never transpired. Prosecutors say there's enough to prove evidence of intent. Sarkozy denies the allegations and says it's a scandal what investigators air putting him through into prison boy. Should commit a fishy It does come down, madam. Here's to boredom is enough. I'm not a crook circles, he said in a recent interview on French television. The truth will come out, but the truth is that the former president is facing a whole host of charges. One of the most serious accusations is that he received illegal funding from the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. That money it's alleged was used to fund Sarkozy's successful 2000 and seven presidential campaign. He denies the allegations. Sarkozy supporters are hopeful not only that he went to court but that he ran for president again in 2022 journalists. Nebula Ram Danny says she can't imagine the former French leader will ever make it back to the ELISA Palace. He was a want loser who tried to come back in 2000 and 17, but was rejected by his own party in the 2016 primaries, but now he's facing multiple prosecutions. And he's far more likely to go to prison than to get back into power. No former president and France has ever gone to prison. Rather, a Sally said Sarkozy being sentenced to jail time will be an extraordinary political moment. That would mark I think a major turn in political traditions where presidents have to some extent being well protected by the French political system difficult to say what the court will say. But that would be a major major upheaval in France. The Tri, which began today will run through December 10th and whatever the outcome, it will be the last time that Nicolas Sarkozy would be forced to take the stand. In a French courtroom for the world. I'm Olivari. It's hard to know what's actually happening in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigre Communications have been cut off for weeks. Ethiopia's government says its military forces can claim victory over the T Great People's Liberation Front, but the leader of the TPLF insists that his troops are still fighting. For an update on the conflict. There we turn to the world's Africa correspondent Halima to Condi. She's in the Ethiopian capital. Addis Ababa. Halina. What do you hearing about the situation in Tigre right now? Could this conflict that started? Early this month. Be already over well doesn't look like it's over. But on Saturday and over the weekend, Prime Minister Abby Ahmed said that the federal forces had captured the capital city of that region, McCallie From the TPL, a 40 Grace Peeples liberations front. But hours later there reports of rocket fire into neighboring Eritrea, which seems to possibly been from the tplf. We don't know for sure, but a couple weeks ago they had claimed that were admitted to rather to rocket fire into neighboring Eritrea. S so that all that's to say that it doesn't seem as if they're backing down any time soon. And actually, even today we're hearing conflicting reports about the situation in Tigre. But again, communications remain blocked. Internet phone services have been shut off. So mostly, we've had to rely on the government version of events and they're presenting. This is a huge victory. In fact, even today, Abby spoke to Parliament for more than two hours about the situation there. Prime Minister Obvious got a lot of criticism in recent weeks from all over the globe. What did he try to convey today in Parliament? He moves sing. It defended the federal government's position. And the speech seemed to be as much directed to towards Ethiopians as to the international community because many countries have been calling for mediation with the TPLF for weeks, but obvious has rejected that strongly. He gave a long account of the different ways that according to him, the T P L F has been undermining his reform agenda. But Liv would lead to mature one. No one to me, Bob. Yes, so your ticket and their army. Ahmed was just saying that within the past 2.5.
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