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 […]

Counter Powers: Democracy in Action

Simply speaking, it was an exciting week in French politics. In less than seven days, the majority didn’t qualify for the second round of a by-election, the Budget Minister was forced to resign, and a motion of no confidence, rejected by the Parliament and the former President of the Republic, was put under formal investigation […]

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 […]