Why Sarkozy’s jail term for corruption was upheld on appeal
A Paris appeals court last week upheld former French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s conviction and jail sentence in 2021 for corruption and influence peddling. He is accused of offering to help a senior magistrate secure a comfortable post with Monaco’s Council of State in exchange for influence and information on legal procedures concerning him. Sarkozy and two co-accused, his lawyer Thierry Herzog and magistrate Gilbert Azibert, have now launched an ultimate appeal against their convictions. Mediapart has studied the detailed judgment of the appeals court, and publishes here extracts of the damning evidence it contains, and the story behind the case.