May 29, 2023
Nicolas Sarkozy

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (file photo)

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In Paris, the Court of Appeal sentenced former French President Nicolas Sarkozy to three years in prison, two of them on probation in the “wiretapping case.” This was announced on Wednesday, May 17, by the agency AFP.

Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption and influence peddling in an unprecedented sentence against a French president.

It is noted that Sarkozy’s lawyer Thierry Erzog and ex-high-ranking employee of the Court of Cassation Gilbert Aziber were also found guilty. They received the same sentence.

The Paris court ruled in the so-called wiretapping case in March 2021. According to the prosecution, Sarkozy promised to help Aziber through his lawyer in obtaining a position in the Principality of Monaco. In exchange, Aziber had to provide confidential information about the progress of the investigation into illegal financing by the house of L’Oreal of Sarkozy’s election campaign. As part of the case, the prosecutor referred to numerous recordings of intercepted telephone conversations of the French leader.

As a result, the court established the existence of a “corruption pact” concluded between Sarkozy, Erzog and Aziber. According to media reports, Sarkozy will serve his term at home.

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