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Nicolas Sarkozy denies wrongdoing in campaign funding trial

Nicolas Sarkozy, a former French president, has denied wrongdoing during his first appearance at a trial into the financing of a unsuccessful bid for re-election.The 66-year-old is facing allegations he spent almost twice the maximum legal amount of €22.5m (£19.37m) on the presidential race nearly a decade ago.The Paris court is seeking to determine whether he was aware of the system of false invoices that was meant to cover up the overspending.Appearing at the trial for the first time on Tuesday, Mr Sarkozy showed anger at accusations over alleged illegal financing of his 2012 re-election campaign, which he lost to...
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Nicolas Sarkozy case: ‘paparazzi queen’ in custody over alleged witness tampering

A French businesswoman known as the “paparazzi queen” is being questioned by police over alleged witness tampering in a case against the former president Nicolas Sarkozy. Michèle Marchand, known as Mimi, a powerful figure in the French celebrity press, was taken into custody with the Paris Match journalist François de Labarre, who was later released without charge.
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Nicolas Sarkozy on trial for alleged illegal campaign financing

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has gone on trial for the alleged illegal campaign financing of the massive, showman-style political rallies he staged during his failed re-election bid in 2012. Sarkozy, president for one term from 2007 to 2012, was not present for the opening of the trial in...
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Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni: The rise and fall of France's golden couple

France isn’t a betting country, but when Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni decided to get married in 2008, after a two-month courtship, many of France’s chattering classes were already starting to guess the likely divorce date. These two, the siren supermodel and the twice-married ‘President Bling-Bling’ – a nickname given...
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Nicolas Sarkozy timeline: How politician descended from president to prison sentence

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption on Monday, marking the latest in a tempestuous career marked by unmatched glory and successive scandals. During his relatively short time in office, Sarkozy fell from France’s most popular to least popular leader in modern history. He then famously attempted a return to office in 2016 – a feat only achieved by Napoleon Bonaparte and Charles de Gaulle in post-revolutionary French history.
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Nicolas Sarkozy attacks ‘shockingly unjust’ corruption conviction

Days after his conviction for corruption and influence peddling, Nicolas Sarkozy has said he will take the battle to clear his name to the European court of human rights if he does not win on appeal. The former French president described a Paris court’s verdict on Monday and the three-year...
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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced

This week, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy became only the second president in that country's history to go on trial after serving office. Jacques Chirac did in 2011 — also on corruption charges like Sarkozy — but Chirac was excused for health reasons. Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in prison with the option of living at home with an ankle bracelet for the third year. He's appealing the decision, which means for now, he's at home with his wife, former supermodel and now singer, Carla Bruni.
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The Guardian view on Nicolas Sarkozy: another name on the roll of dishonour

In all likelihood, next year’s presidential election in France will come down – as the last one did – to a contest between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, the leader of Rassemblement National. This confrontation between Mr Macron’s liberal centrism and the far-right nationalism of Ms Le Pen is the current default setting of French politics. The traditional struggle between French socialists and conservatives for occupancy of the Elysée has, for now, been consigned to the past.