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Nicolas Sarkozy corruption case

Date: 03 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in prison in connection with corruption and influence peddling.

 

Background

Sarkozy has become the second president in modern-day France – after Jacques Chirac, to be convicted for corruption.

 

Details

  • Sarkozy’s conviction marks the first time that a former president has been convicted on charges that relate to acts committed during his time in the country’s highest office.

  • Sarkozy has been accused of bribing a judge with the promise of an important position in exchange for receiving confidential information about another trial that the former French president is facing.

  • Sarkozy had offered a secure job to judge in return for confidential information about the trial that alleged that Sarkozy had accepted illegal payments from L’Oreal heiress for his 2007 election campaign.

 

Other cases

  • Sarkozy was indicted by the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) for passive corruption, concealment of embezzlement of Libyan public funds and illegal campaign financing.

  • This was related to a case in which Sarkozy was alleged to have received funding from Libya with the help of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi for his 2007 campaign.

  • In France this case is referred to as the “wiretapping case” or the “eavesdropping” case because of the route that investigators took.

  • Another case against Sarkozy is likely to go on trial from March 17 and is referred to as the Bygmalion affair. The allegations are that during his re-election bid in 2012, Sarkozy’s party overspent and tried to hide the costs with the help of a PR company.

 

Implications

  • The sentence does not mean that he will physically go to prison since two of the three years in the sentence have been suspended.

  • Further, Sarkozy may be allowed to serve his remaining sentence form his home under conditions similar to a house arrest.