France: Sarkozy loses appeal against graft conviction

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lost his appeal against a 2021 corruption and influence-peddling conviction. On Wednesday, the Paris Court of Appeals upheld a three-year prison sentence against Sarkozy, but it ruled that two years would be suspended and Sarkozy would wear an electronic bracelet instead of going to jail for the remaining year. The court also said the conservative politician remains banned from public office for three years. His lawyers said they would appeal …. In March 2021, Sarkozy became France’s first post-war president to be sentenced to prison when a court found he and his former lawyer, Thierry Herzog, had formed a ‘corruption pact’ with Judge Gilbert Azibert to obtain and share information about an investigation. His predecessor, Jacques Chirac, was also convicted in a criminal trial for corruption but received a two-year suspended sentence in 2011.” (05/17/23)