Breaking News

3 Covid cases 15 Apr, 17 hospitalised, 5 in ICU, 39 home monitored, 2,268 recoveries, 30 deaths, 121 incidence rate, 32% population vaccinated

Sarkozy convicted for trying to offer Monaco bribe

Sarkozy convicted for trying to offer Monaco bribe

By Cassandra Tanti - March 1, 2021

French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in jail, two suspended, for trying to bribe a magistrate by offering him a prestigious job in Monaco.

The 66-year-old was found guilty of corruption on Monday, becoming the first former French president to receive a custodial sentence.

The crimes were specified as influence-peddling and violation of professional secrecy.

Sarkozy was found guilty of trying to offer a magistrate a position in Monaco as a judge, in return for information about a separate criminal case against him.

In the ruling, the Paris judge said the former president could serve a year at home with an electronic tag, rather than go to prison.

The case centred on conversations between magistrate Gilbert Azibert and Thierry Herzog, Sarkozy’s then lawyer, which were taped by police in 2014.

The investigators were looking into claims that Sarkozy had accepted illicit payments from the L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt for his 2007 presidential campaign.

The magistrate and Sarkozy’s former lawyer received similar sentences. All three defendants are expected to appeal.

Sarkozy’s predecessor Jacques Chirac was handed a two-year suspended sentence in 2011 for having arranged bogus jobs at Paris City Hall for allies when he was Paris mayor. Chirac died in 2019.



Photo source: Wikipedia



Previous article300 turned away at border
Next articleFrance approves AstraZeneca vaccine for over 65s


Cassandra Tanti

The French government is still banking on lifting the current restrictions on 3rd May, a mid-May reopening of restaurant terraces and a return to school at the end of April.

Stephanie Horsman

Residents of the Principality aged 45 and over are now being invited to get their Covid vaccination. Meanwhile, home-tests are now being stocked in pharmacies in Monaco.

Stephanie Horsman

Monaco has been earmarked as the home for a new private viewing space by Zurich-based gallerists Hauser and Wirth who will hold their inaugural show in June.

April 16, 2021 | Local News

Fairytale evening at the Hôtel de Paris

Stephanie Horsman

The Grand Ball of Princes and Princesses celebrates its fifth year in June, bringing the magic from days of old to life for one night only at the Hôtel de Paris.