Conviction of Nicolas Sarkozy: a “shock” for those who express “friendship” and “pride”

Nicolas Sarkozy is going to appeal his conviction, which “he qualifies, I quote, of”unfair decision“. The former President of the French Republic was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison for the illegal financing of his 2012 presidential campaign in the Bygmalion case. A sentence that he should serve at home using an electronic bracelet if the call is unsuccessful.

Seven months ago, he became the first former president of the Fifth Republic to be sentenced to a prison sentence (three years, two of which were suspended) for corruption and influence peddling in the so-called “wiretapping” affair. . He also appealed against this judgment.

The new conviction of the former French president has sparked many reactions in his camp.

The two presidential candidates of 2022 Valérie Pécresse and Xavier Bertrand expressed their “friendship” to him, as did the president of the Republicans party Christian Jacob who evokes a shock for many compatriots and says his immense pride in having had Nicolas Sarkozy as president.

On the left, the candidate for the next presidential election of France Insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon was cautious:

“He appealed. We will wait to know how it goes on appeal to give an opinion on this case. I am a little uncomfortable because I am able to see the contrast with the judgment made by the subject Mr. Balladur. But honestly I cannot say anything about it, because it is necessary that all the same to know a little what one speaks. One cannot say simply, as it is Mr. Sarkozy, it is a political adversary , then all shots are allowed.

Éric Cocquerel, deputy for France Insoumise in Seine-Saint-Denis, was more virulent:

“What that inspires me is that it should be a justiciable like any other. If he is responsible for the facts that are incriminated to him, it is delinquency. And once again, I observe that he and its political mainstream, at times, would do better to imagine that things can fall on their noses. “

As for Prime Minister Jean Castex, he expressed “in a personal capacity” his “friendship” and his “affection” to Nicolas Sarkozy, of which he was a collaborator at the Elysee Palace between 2010 and 2012.

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