By: ELLIOTT GARSKE
On March 1st, the former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy was given a 3-year sentence on charges of corruption. While he was given 3 years, 2 of which have been suspended and he has been offered 1 year of house arrest. With such a small sentence, this is actually a historic moment, as this is the first time in modern history that a French president has been arrested.
Nicolas Sarkozy was the president from 2007 to 2012. He was caught attempting to illegally obtain information about an investigation into his campaign finances that was currently ongoing in 2014. The investigation, named “The wiretapping case”, began in 2013 when both Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Herzog’s phones were bugged. After bugging their phones, they found out that 2 men had promised a senior magistrate named Gilbert Azibet a high position in Monaco. This was offered in exchange for information on claims that Sarkozy had taken illegal payments for his 2007 presidential campaign. The payments had supposedly been taken from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.
But this isn’t the only charge he has been on trial for. In two weeks, he will be on trial for violating campaign rules during his 2012 reelection attempt. There are also prosecutors looking into accusations of him receiving illegal campaign funding from Libya in 2007. The funding allegedly had come into Paris in the form of multiple suitcases filled with euros.