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. […]

Sarkozy’s Campaign Funds Invalidated

In what is proving to be a tumultuous week for France’s most prominent politicians, former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2012 presidential election campaign accounts were invalidated by the Constitutional Council on Thursday, July 4. Since losing his bid for reelection last spring, Sarkozy has been dogged by legal issues regarding his campaign. The Commission des Comptes […]

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 […]

London Calling? Rumors Swirl of Possible Sarkozy Move

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy may be planning to establish a $1.2 billion private equity firm in London, if rumors are to be believed. Mediapart, a “respected investigative website”—according to U.K. publication The Telegraph—reported this week that documents found in Sarkozy’s Paris residence and offices suggest the former head-of-state is in an “exploratory phase” of […]

Sarkozy Appears in Court, Faces Fraud Charges

by Sasha Papazoff While his party is falling apart following an election night disaster and multiple accusations of fraud, Sarkozy is facing his own turmoil and is at risk of bringing the whole UMP down with him. On November 22, the former president was facing the threat of indictment in three different legal cases for […]