Sarkozy Now Facing Trial
There's been much talk of Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President of France, in news media circles around the world throughout the past few weeks. Sarkozy served the first-world, developed Western European country of France as its President from May 15, 2007, through May 15, 2012.
Sarkozy started his career as a lawyer, moved on to be mayor of the Parisian suburb Neuilly shortly after, then became the minister of finance under the rule of former French President Jacques Chirac, which ended in 2007.
That same year, Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy overtook the President he served under, Jacques Chirac, and served for one five-year term himself.
While Sarkozy wasn't a terrible leader of France - he wasn't great, but was certainly far from the worst to lead the French people - he likely did, according to French authorities, commit several crimes while campaigning for office, as well as engaging in a few alleged offenses that took place during his tenure.
Although he hasn't been convicted of any wrongdoing yet, he certainly wouldn't be facing trial for the charges of influence peddling and corruption, would he?
As of Thursday, March 29, 2018, the BBC reported that Sarkozy allegedly tried to coerce a judge into illegally sharing information regarding his 2007 campaign trail run for President.
Here's what (allegedly) happened - back in 2014, just two years following the conclusion of Sarkozy's first and only term as French President, Nicolas Sarkozy is said to have reached out to senior magistrate Azibert, a man that's atop the most important court in all of France - the Court of Cassation.
Sarkozy is said to have called Mr. Azibert on the phone, during which a conversation transpired that included Sarkozy offering his important contacts within the French government to land a better job in the Principality of Monaco, a teeny, tiny country and city-state bordering France and the Mediterranean Sea.
Guess what Sarkozy wanted in return!
Information on the financing case initiated in 2013 - and still transpiring today - that alleges Sarkozy took roughly $30 million from his criminal cohorts in Libya, all at the command of now-long-gone Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. These allegations will be addressed in a separate case, however.
Sarkozy is said to have communicated under the alias of Paul Bismuth in a call that police recorded. He will stand trial for charges that Azibert and one of his lawyers, Thierry Herzog, will face, as well.
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