Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Sarkozy fights prison sentence

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France’s ex-president in court

Sarkozy fights prison sentence in appeal process

France’s ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy has had to appear in court again since Monday on charges of bribery and trading in influence.

Nicolas Sarkozy (M), former President of France, arrives in the courtroom to answer. Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in prison in March 2021 for bribery and trading in influence. Photo: Francois Mori/AP/dpa

The 67-year-old has appealed a guilty verdict from March last year.

The sentence at the time was three years in prison, two of which were suspended. At the beginning of the appeals court, Sarkozy protested his innocence. ‘Where’s the evidence? There is no evidence. I’m defending my pride here.” The conservative politician was head of state between 2007 and 2012.

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