Nicolas Sarkozy

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France's Sarkozy Hears His Fate in Campaign Finance Trial
Court Cuts Sarkozy
Sentence to 6 Months

Court Cuts Sarkozy Sentence to 6 Months

But it upholds former president's conviction for illegal campaign financing

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy didn't have a great Valentine's Day. An appeals court in Paris upheld the former president's 2021 conviction for illegal campaign financing, though it halved his sentence from one year to six months, with another six months suspended, the New York Times reports. If he does...

Court Upholds Sarkozy's Corruption Sentence

Appeals court says former French president can serve sentence at home

(Newser) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lost an appeal against his sentence for corruption and influence peddling, but he won't have to spent any time behind bars. The appeals court upheld the 68-year-old's three-year sentence, with two years suspended, but said he could serve the year of detention...

France's Nicolas Sarkozy Receives Jail Sentence

Former president gets one year, but he can request to serve home confinement

(Newser) - A Paris court on Monday found former French President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption and influence peddling and sentenced him to one year in prison and a two-year suspended sentence, per the AP . The 66-year-old politician, who was president from 2007 to 2012, was convicted for having tried to illegally...

'I'm Not a Rotten Person': Sarkozy Fights to Avoid Jail

He will be first former French president to appear in court on corruption charges

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy led France as president from 2007 to 2012. Now, however, his post-presidential life is consumed with fighting corruption charges and avoiding prison. The 65-year-old went on trial Monday, earning the unwanted distinction of becoming the first former French president in modern times who must appear in court, reports...

Sarkozy: My Life Is a 'Living Hell'
Sarkozy: My Life
Is a 'Living Hell'

Sarkozy: My Life Is a 'Living Hell'

Former French president denies he received suitcases of cash from Moammar Gadhafi

(Newser) - Former French President Nikolas Sarkozy is facing serious corruption allegations , but he not only denies them, he says they cost him the presidency. "This calumny has made my life a living hell since March 11, 2011," he told a French court this week after being placed under formal...

Sarkozy Taken Into Custody Over Alleged Suitcases of Cash

Investigators examining claims he received millions from Moammar Gadhafi's regime

(Newser) - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was placed in custody on Tuesday over allegations he received millions of dollars in illegal financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A judicial source with direct knowledge of the case tells the AP that Sarkozy is being held at the...

French Voters Reject Sarko Comeback
French Voters
Reject Sarko Comeback

French Voters Reject Sarko Comeback

He unexpectedly loses party primary

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy isn't going to get a second shot at the French presidency: The former president was unexpectedly defeated in a primary for the center-right Republican party, reports Reuters . After his defeat, Sarkozy endorsed former prime minister Francois Fillon, who will face Alain Juppe, another former PM, in a...

France Fumes Over 'Unacceptable' US Spying

Summons US ambassador to Paris amid emergency meetings

(Newser) - Surprise: France isn't thrilled by claims that the US spied on its past three presidents , including current leader Francois Hollande, and has now summoned its US ambassador to the foreign ministry in Paris, reports the AP . Hollande, who calls the US spying an "unacceptable" security breach, held two...

WikiLeaks: US Spied on 3 French Presidents

Expect an angry response from Paris

(Newser) - A strange one, courtesy of WikiLeaks: The US eavesdropped on three French presidents, learning among other things that France was angry the US was eavesdropping on it. That tidbit is courtesy of a new WikiLeaks disclosure that the NSA wiretapped current French leader Francois Hollande and predecessors Nicolas Sarkozy and...

France Begins Formal Inquiry Against Sarkozy

Judge will now determine whether charges should be brought

(Newser) - After 15 hours of questioning yesterday, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy emerged as the star of his very own formal investigation into allegations that he peddled influence. It's a staggering turn of events Le Figaro calls a "shock wave," and an unprecedented one for a former French...

Sarkozy Detained in Corruption Investigation
 Sarkozy Detained by Police 

Sarkozy Detained by Police

Said to have traded job offer for information

(Newser) - For what appears to be the first time in history, a French ex-head of state has been detained by police, the BBC reports: Nicolas Sarkozy is being held amid reports he traded influence for information. Officials are investigating whether the former—and would-be future—president offered a high-profile job to...

France Gave Obama Some Ridiculously Luxe Presents

Like: Hermes golf accessory bag, Dior bathrobes

(Newser) - It's not that surprising to hear that President Obama is bestowed with plenty of gifts from other global leaders. What may be surprising is that the "stuff is bonkers," in Joe Coscarelli's telling for the Daily Intelligencer . The Federal Register yesterday issued a pdf cataloging what...

Sarkozy Accused of Duping France's Richest Woman

He's put under judicial investigation

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy's legal woes have just gotten worse. The former president was placed under judicial investigation yesterday after hours of questioning in a Bordeaux courthouse, for the alleged "abuse of someone in an impaired state," reports the AP . Investigators accuse Sarkozy and his UMP party of receiving...

Sarkozy Costs French Taxpayers $2.6M a Year

He gets quite a lot of perks as an ex-prez

(Newser) - French President Francois Hollande is trying to fix the country's debt problems—but he's being foiled just a bit by his predecessor. French taxpayers spend $2.6 million a year, possibly more, on Nicolas Sarkozy's upkeep, Bloomberg reports. That's because former French presidents are entitled to...

Sorry, Sarko: Carla Bruni Backs Gay Marriage

Says it's personal, not political, for her

(Newser) - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy opposes gay marriage—but his wife feels otherwise. With the country considering a bill to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption, Bruni tells France's Vogue that she's "rather in favor because I have a lot of friends—men and women—who are in...

New Conspiracy: France Killed Gadhafi to Hide Secrets

Sarkozy allegedly wanted to keep a lid on 'campaign donations'

(Newser) - Conspiracy theorists, start your engines. In a new account of Moammar Gadhafi's death, the former Libyan dictator was tracked and killed by a French agent in order to protect France's then-President Nicolas Sarkozy, Time reports. First told by an Italian newspaper, this version of events hinges on the...

Investigators Search Sarkozy's Home, Office

As part of a probe into suspected illegal financing

(Newser) - French investigators searched former President Nicolas Sarkozy's home and office today as part of a probe into suspected illegal financing of his 2007 presidential campaign by L'Oreal cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt, an official said. Sarkozy, who lost his immunity from prosecution June 15, denies the claims . The probe...

France Swears In Hollande
 France Swears In Hollande 

France Swears In Hollande

Nicolas Sarkozy has left the building

(Newser) - France today installed Socialist Francois Hollande as its new president for the next five years, replacing conservative Nicolas Sarkozy with a mandate to ease up on the austerity measures with which Europe has fought its economic crisis. Hollande, the first Socialist to have access to France's nuke codes in...

As Sarkozy Exits, US Loses a Friend

...But François Hollande might be even more simpatico with Obama administration

(Newser) - France's election was something of a can't-lose proposition for the Obama administration. On the one hand, the US isn't pleased to see the backside of Nicolas Sarkozy, an ally so steadfast that in France he was sometimes called "Sarko the American." Sarkozy, after all, was...

MSNBC Flub: Sarkozy a 'Prostitute'

Unless the network knows something we don't?

(Newser) - As if Nicolas Sarkozy wasn’t already having a bad enough day , now he’s been accidentally dubbed a hooker. Mediaite and the Huffington Post spotted the flub by MSNBC, which previewed a report on Sarkozy’s defeat with video of the soon-to-be former president speaking. Except the chryon that...

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