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Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to prison

The former French president was sentenced on Monday to a three-year prison sentence, one of which was closed for corruption and influence peddling. The latter immediately appealed against this judgment.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Patrick JACQUEMOT

The former French president was sentenced on Monday to a three-year prison sentence, one of which was closed for corruption and influence peddling. The latter immediately appealed against this judgment.

“They were perfectly aware of the fraudulent nature of their actions.” It is with these words that the President of the 32nd Chamber announced the verdict sanctioning Nicolas Sarkozy and his former lawyer, Thierry Herzog, in the so-called wiretapping affair on Monday. A case, born in 2014 of telephone interceptions. The criminal court considered that a “corruption pact” had been concluded between the former president, now 66 years old, Me Thierry Herzog and the former high magistrate Gilbert Azibert, also sentenced to three years in prison, including a farm.

The former head of state (2007-2012) was accused of having tried to obtain from Gilbert Azibert information concerning a procedure implicating him, and this in exchange for an appointment to a post in Monaco. The former tenant of the Elysee Palace then wanted to cancel the seizure of his presidential agendas after having obtained a dismissal in the Bettencourt case. Gilbert Azibert, general counsel in a civil chamber, did not intervene directly in this case but according to the court he played on his relations.

Nine years ago, Jacques Chirac was the first former President of the Republic to be sentenced. This time, it was a question of sanctioning the policy for the creation of fictitious jobs at the time when he was still only mayor of Paris.

Before the court, the lawyers of the former leader of the Republicans had argued that in the end, Nicolas Sarkozy had not succeeded before the Court of Cassation and that Gilbert Azibert had never had a post in Monaco . According to the law, however, it is not necessary for the consideration to have been obtained, nor for the influence to be real, to characterize the offenses of corruption and influence peddling.


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