Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) leaves his residence in Paris, July 2, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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Nicolas Sarkozy hit back on Wednesday after being charged with corruption, denying he broke the law and suggesting his political enemies were interfering with the French justice system.It was to be Sarkozy's first major broadcast interview since he lost the 2012 presidential election to Francois Hollande.Sarkozy, 59, was hit Wednesday with charges including corruption and influence peddling after he was quizzed for 15 hours by judges investigating an alleged attempt to interfere in judicial proceedings in another case.Sarkozy's longstanding lawyer Thierry Herzog and senior magistrate Gilbert Azibert were charged with the same offences.The charges against Sarkozy carry a theoretical maximum prison term of 10 years but legal experts regard custodial sentences in this case as unlikely.The case was launched after judges looking into the alleged financing of Sarkozy's 2007 election campaign by former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi obtained an unprecedented and controversial authorisation to tap the former president's phones from April 2013 .The Kadhafi investigation is ongoing, as are several other cases in which Sarkozy has been implicated.
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