Former French President Sarkozy Convicted Of Corruption, Handed Jail Sentence

France's former president Nicolas Sarkozy, seen here in August 2016, faces news charges. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Jasper Juinen
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Judges found former president Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of trying to bribe a judge and of influence-peddling on Monday and sentenced him to three years in jail, with two years suspended.

Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012, had denied any wrongdoing, saying he was the victim of a witch-hunt by financial prosecutors who used excessive means to snoop on his affairs.

Retired from politics but still influential among conservatives, Sarkozy has 10 days to appeal the ruling.

He is the second former president in modern France, after the late Jacques Chirac, to be convicted of corruption.

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  1. In truth, he has long been arrested. This is officially for public awakening. We’ll soon hear about the corruptions and arrests from Angela Merkel, Boris Johnson and others.

  2. Selective. Grumpy city Paris. The bilge is the dud.

    Texas has better finish. Just a hunch. The grab bag is full.

  3. I heard him speak once. Very impressive. Also probably the first significant politician from the French Right to be friendly to Jews — ever. Too bad he was a crook.

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