Nicolas Sarkozy. File picture: Lionel Bonaventure

Paris -

French President Francois Hollande said on Wednesday that his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy should be seen as innocent until proven guilty after being charged with corruption and influence peddling.

In a cabinet session, Hollande insisted to ministers on “the independence of the judiciary... and the presumption of innocence,” government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said. - Sapa-AFP