PARIS: The Paris Court of Appeals will on Wednesday rule on Nicolas Sarkozy’s bid to overturn a conviction for bribery and influence-peddling, one of several legal battles the former French president has been fighting over the past decade.
A lower court in 2021 found Sarkozy guilty of trying to bribe a judge after leaving office, and of peddling influence in exchange for confidential information about an investigation into his 2007 campaign finances.
He was sentenced to three years in prison, two of them suspended, in what was a stunning fall from grace for a former president who once bestrode the world. Sarkozy, 68, who served one term as French president from 2007 to 2012, has constantly denied any wrongdoing.
Earlier this month, financial prosecutors in a separate case requested Sarkozy face trial on charges of corruption and illegal financing of an election campaign related to alleged Libyan funding of his 2007 presidential bid. Read More