Former French President Sarkozy Found Guilty Of Corruption, Sentenced To Jail
Added 03-01-21 10:07:02am EST - “Nicolas Sarkozy, who served as president from 2007 to 2012, was convicted of bribery and influence peddling. He was sentenced to three years in jail, with two of the years suspended.” - Npr.org
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Nicolas Sarkozy, France's former president, left, arrives to hear the verdict in a corruption trial at Porte de Clichy court house in Paris, France, on Monday. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty on Monday by a court in Paris on corruption charges dating from his time in office. He received a three-year jail sentence with two of the years suspended.
In a trial that wrapped up in December, Sarkozy, who served as president from 2007 to 2012, was convicted of bribery and influence peddling.
Prosecutors accused Sarkozy and his lawyer of attempting to bribe a judge in exchange for confidential information on an inquiry looking into allegations that during his 2007 presidential campaign, Sarkozy took illegal payments from L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. The judge, Gilbert Azibert – at the time a top appeals court magistrate – was allegedly offered a cushy job in Monaco in exchange for the information.
The guilty verdict against Sarkozy makes him the second ex-French president in recent years to be convicted of corruption. His predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was convicted in 2011.
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