When Macron sent a twice-convicted man to represent France at Abe’s funeral

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At the request of Emmanuel Macron, Nicolas Sarkozy travelled to Tokyo to represent France at the state funeral on Tuesday of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. That was despite the fact that the former French president has two convictions, and notably one for corruption, and that he is currently placed under investigation for “criminal conspiracy”, “corruption”, “illicit campaign financing” and “receiving the proceeds of the misappropriation of public funds” in relation to the alleged Libyan funding of his 2007 election campaign. Fabrice Arfi and Ilyes Ramdani report.

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At the request of Emmanuel Macron, Nicolas Sarkozy represented the French president at the state funeral in Tokyo on Tuesday of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July.