Wednesday, April 14

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, sentenced to three years in prison for corruption

Nicolas Sarkozy, a former French president, has been sentenced to three years in prison for trying to bribe a judge and influence peddling, making him the second head of state of current France to be convicted of corruption.

The events date back to 2014, in the case of wiretapping. Nicolas Sarkozy was suspected of having tried to bribe a magistrate of the Court of Cassation, Gilbert Azibert, to obtain confidential information about him, related to accusations that he had accepted illegal payments from the L’Oreal heiress, Liliane Bettencourt, for his presidential campaign 2007.

In exchange for the information, Sarkopzy would have offered the judge an excellent job in Monaco. The facts came to light, in telephone conversations between Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog after the former president left office, in connection with the investigation into the alleged illegal financing of his campaign.

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