A Paris court has rejected a request to postpone the corruption trial of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and two other defendants, ordering them to appear in person for hearings that will begin on Monday. Al Jazeera reports that prosecutors allege Sarkozy and his lawyer, Thierry Herzog, tried to bribe judge Gilbert Azibert with a job in Monaco, if he would provide information on an inquiry into claims Sarkozy accepted illicit payments from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt during his 2007 presidential campaign. Only one other French president, Sarkozy’s political mentor Jacques Chirac, has faced trial after leaving office – but because of ill health, Chirac never appeared in court for his conviction in a fake-jobs scandal.