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Tapping of Sarkozy was legitimate

The Paris appeals court has ruled that investigating judges did not break any laws when they tapped conversations between former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his lawyer, in connection with a probe into past campaign financing.

The decision is a new blow to the conservative opposition leader as he eyes a 2017 presidential bid, because it allows investigations to resume.

Mr Sarkozy is under preliminary charges for active corruption and influence-peddling based on information gleaned from the phone taps. It is among several legal cases he has faced but it is the case that has the greatest chance of seeing Mr Sarkozy sent to trial.