Sarkozy speaks out amidst series of scandals

For the first time since he lost his reelection campaign in 2012, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has given a public statement defending himself in the wake of a series of political scandals that have plagued him since he left office. He published an address in Le Figaro on March 21, criticizing the actions of […]

Sarkozy Cleared of Wrongdoing in Latest Chapter of Bettencourt Saga

Charges against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy connected to his alleged involvement in the Bettencourt scandal have been dropped by a Bourdeaux court. “In deciding to dismiss the case, the court has declared me innocent in the Bettencourt affair,” Sarkozy posted in his official Facebook page early Monday evening. “Two-and-a-half years of investigation. Three judges. […]

Judge in Sarkozy Case Receives Death Threat

The main judge presiding over the case investigating former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for taking advantage of elderly French billionaire, Liliane Bettencourt, received a death threat on Wednesday, March 27.  The letter, along with several blank gun cartridges, was sent to Jean-Michel Gentil’s office in Bordeaux.  Other magistrates were threatened as well, according to spokesperson […]

Nicolas Sarkozy under Investigation in Bettencourt Scandal

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of accepting millions of euros from the 90-year-old L’Oréal Heiress, Liliane Bettencourt, for his 2007 election campaign. He allegedly took advantage of Bettencourt’s deteriorating mental state and solicited her for funds to finance his campaign. While an investigation into the legality of Sarkozy’s campaign finances began in […]