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Started by WibbleAgain on Mar 1, 2021 2:41:29 PM
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to jail for corruption
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ATtcha - 01 Mar 2021 15:52:53 (#1 of 33)

It will amount to one year of house arrest if he loses on appeal. Sarkozy seems to have had a bit more involvement in those kind of cases than most top level right-wing politicians but campaign finances have always had a dodgy side. It's a bit ironical that he couldn't count on his prime minister Fillon to manage this kind of things (as Chirac did with Juppé) knowing now that Fillon was personnally corrupt.

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Jacob_Richter - 01 Mar 2021 15:55:02 (#3 of 33)

Oh dear. What a shame. Never mind.

Gotout - 01 Mar 2021 15:55:03 (#4 of 33)

It's nice to see a politician getting sent down, most of ours who have been caught fiddling expenses have got away with a slap on the hand.

Jacob_Richter - 01 Mar 2021 15:55:20 (#5 of 33)

Or promotion.

ATtcha - 01 Mar 2021 15:55:53 (#6 of 33)

Fillon was his Prime Minister but not his minion.

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ATtcha - 01 Mar 2021 16:00:17 (#8 of 33)

Left wing politicians have been very virtuous, there have been dodgy campaign finance schemes with right-wing politicians but not prersonal-enrichment stories.

solomongursky - 01 Mar 2021 16:04:19 (#9 of 33)

most of ours who have been caught fiddling expenses have got away with a slap on the hand.

Johnson's repeated interventions for that ghastly American woman a clear example.

tasselhoff - 01 Mar 2021 16:07:49 (#10 of 33)

I had dinner with his ex-finance chief, who quit when Sarkozy became interior minister. He made it amply clear that it was the dodgy stuff he couldn't handle.

TenGorillas - 01 Mar 2021 16:08:59 (#11 of 33)

there's hardly any self-enrichment cases

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FleurDuMal - 01 Mar 2021 16:09:30 (#12 of 33)

I'd be so happy if this happened to Bozo and his gang of crooks. I'm sure they've done worse than Sarkozy.

tasselhoff - 01 Mar 2021 16:11:07 (#13 of 33)

France has a long and murky history of blurring the lines between quasi-autonomous companies and backhanders to politicians.

browserbutton - 01 Mar 2021 16:11:42 (#14 of 33)

What happened to Mrs Sarkozy? Is she still working on her singing career?

tasselhoff - 01 Mar 2021 16:13:34 (#15 of 33)

"Singing" career. Have you heard her?

tasselhoff - 01 Mar 2021 16:14:00 (#16 of 33)

And IIRC she had a new album out recently.

ATtcha - 01 Mar 2021 16:19:13 (#17 of 33)

#11

The Balkany and Fillon have been condemned recently, Balkany being a little fish and Fillon pretending his wife deserved a salary, that's not much.

tasselhoff - 01 Mar 2021 16:21:09 (#18 of 33)

Was Balkany the Doc who squirreled away a measly 600k in Switzerland?

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ATtcha - 01 Mar 2021 16:34:22 (#20 of 33)

No it's Cahuzac that was condemned for tax evasion, not corruption.The backhanders you mention above are disguised campaign contributions, not for personal enrichment, high administration is highly regarded in France and there are expectations of probity, personal self-enrichment is not tolerated.

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