Ex-French president’s bribery conviction upheld

ER Editor: If you’re an ex-president, your legal fight will go on and on endlessly without any apparently serious repercussions. If you’re a Yellow Vest protesting for the first time, however, the court system will whisk you up and deal with you in record time.

Readers may also be interested in this Deutsche Welle piece from 5 days ago listing more of Sarkozy’s legal woes —

French prosecutors seek trial against Sarkozy over Libya

Some twitter wisdom on the current matter —

Translation: The guy has so many pots and pans in his ass that you need a diagram to understand…Nicolas Sarkozy

Translation: Sarkozy sentenced to 1 year with an electronic bracelet (🤡)
Reminder of his work
– Ass wiping with the 2005 Referendum (ER: The French rejected ratification of the EU Constitution but their vote was ignored)
– Reintegration of NATO (= Poodle of the USA)
– Sale of French gold
– Destruction of Libya (after taking financing from Gadaafi!)
– Mayotte French dept = migratory mess
Nice job…

Translation: FLASH – Nicolas #Sarkozy was sentenced by the Court of Appeal of Paris to 3 years in prison, including one under house arrest, in the Bismuth case. This is the 1st time in the history of the Republic that a former head of state has been found guilty on appeal…


Ex-French president’s bribery conviction upheld

Nicolas Sarkozy has lost an appeal against his corruption sentence


The Paris Court of Appeals has upheld former French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conviction for corruption and influence peddling. In 2021, he was sentenced to three years, two of them suspended.

The 68-year-old, who led France from 2007 to 2012, was embroiled in several legal scandals after leaving office. The case reviewed on Wednesday involved bribing a judge and peddling influence to gain access to privileged information regarding an investigation into Sarkozy’s election campaign finances.

Ex-French president’s bribery conviction upheld


French law enforcement wiretapped Sarkozy’s two official phone lines and discovered that he had a third secret one, which he used to communicate with his former lawyer, Thierry Herzog. Further investigation uncovered what prosecutors dubbed a “corruption pact.”

The judge, Gilbert Azibert, was offered a sinecure in Monaco in exchange for serving as Sarkozy’s insider in the probe into allegedly illegal campaign donations from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, according to the case. The prosecution asked for the same prison term for all three defendants.

During the appeal hearings, which started in December last year, Sarkozy denied any wrongdoing. The records of his conversations with Herzog were played in court for the first time.

The original conviction allowed Sarkozy to serve his term at home with an electronic bracelet monitoring his compliance.

In a separate trial in 2021, Sarkozy was sentenced to a one-year term for violating election financing rules. Prosecutors accused him of spending nearly double of the amount allowed under French law on his failed 2012 re-election campaign and of hiring a PR firm to cover up the wrongdoing.



Featured image, Sarkozy: Vincent Isore/IP3press/IMAGO


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