In a true Democracy, there no one above the law. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of influence peddling for attempting to bribe a judge. The enigmatic politician, whose dodgy friends and past scrapes with the law have won him infamy in Europe, was sentenced to three years in prison with two years suspended.
Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012, was famed for his marriage to Italian supermodel turned French-pop chanteuse Carla Bruni—his third wife—as well as for his political prowess. As part of the tranche of evidence used to convict the former president are tapes of intimate conversations made by Sarkozy’s former campaign adviser who fondly referred to him as “the dwarf” and by Bruni herself who reportedly often reminded him he was nothing short of a “kept man” thanks to her millions. He has the right to ask for his sentence to be served as house arrest.
Sarkozy, who still retains immense political sway in French conservative politics, was, for a time, tied to the deposed and now dead Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for whom he spent a night in a Paris jail after being arrested for taking as much as $60 million from the dictator. The cash was reportedly smuggled into France in suitcases with the help of a Franco-Lebanese businessman named Ziad Takieddine who dished about the weight of the currency to the French press. France has a cap of $26 million on donations and prohibits foreign donors altogether.
Just like Trump, Sarkozy’s lawyers were caught on wiretaps in 2014 discussing how to defend their client from claims he accepted illegal cash from L’Oreal heiress and France’s wealthiest woman Liliane Bettencourt during his 2007 presidential campaign. Sarkozy was found guilty of trying to get more information about that case from the magistrate.
Despite Republican’s efforts to rewrite history, and blame the Capitol attack on some aliens there are growing calls for Trump to face criminal charges. Now that he’s out of office, Donald Trump could find himself facing criminal charges in several cases. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is broadening an ongoing investigation of Trump with a focus on potential financial crimes in Trump’s many business ventures, and prosecutors in Georgia have also opened a criminal investigation. This one’s centered on that now-infamous phone call Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the call in which Trump asked Raffensperger to find enough votes to reverse his election loss in Georgia.
While Trump’s actions did push America’s Democracy to its brink, if he is allowed to walk free, he may have just succeeded in destroying the cornet stone of a viable Democracy that is No one is Above the Law.
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