Sarkozy a step closer to facing trial over campaign finance scandal

Sarkozy a step closer to facing trial over campaign finance scandal

  Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy moved a step closer to facing trial over campaign funding irregularities on Thursday when a court rejected a defense request to halt proceedings against one of 14 suspects in the case. A Paris appeal court threw out a request from the defence to drop the case against Guillaume Lambert, […]

Sarkozy received suitcases full of cash from Libya’s Gaddafi, businessman says

Sarkozy received suitcases full of cash from Libya’s Gaddafi, businessman says

Just days before a crucial French presidential primary, former President Nicolas Sarkozy is facing fresh allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. An investigation into the case, involving funding for Sarkozy’s successful 2007 presidential campaign, has been underway since 2013. In a video […]

Sarkozy pins hopes on ‘Trump effect’ ahead of crucial right-wing vote

Sarkozy pins hopes on ‘Trump effect’ ahead of crucial right-wing vote

Donald Trump’s surprise victory last week has injected new confidence into the faltering campaign of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, ahead of Sunday’s primaries to choose a conservative candidate for the 2017 French presidential election. Two polls published Monday showed that former conservative prime minister Alain Juppé, who is seen as a “safe pair of […]

Juppé widens lead over Sarkozy ahead of French presidential primaries

Juppé widens lead over Sarkozy ahead of French presidential primaries

  Former prime minister Alain Juppé has widened his lead over rival Nicolas Sarkozy to win the centre-right’s nomination for France’s 2017 presidential elections, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday. Sarkozy, who was president from 2007 to 2012, initially narrowed the gap with Juppé when he launched his campaign in August on a law-and-order platform. […]

Right-wing rivals aim jabs at Sarkozy in presidential primary debate

Right-wing rivals aim jabs at Sarkozy in presidential primary debate

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy faced a series of verbal attacks on Thursday night, as right-wing rivals sparred in the first of three presidential primary debates. Sarkozy was forced on the defensive on the debate stage, saying he was unjustly hounded by legal investigations, while fending off attacks by former party chief Jean-François Coppé and […]

French presidential hopeful Juppé takes aim at ‘panicking’ rival Sarkozy

French presidential hopeful Juppé takes aim at ‘panicking’ rival Sarkozy

Presidential hopeful and former French prime minister Alain Juppé aimed several sharp jabs at Nicolas Sarkozy on primetime TV Thursday night, saying that it was clear his rival was “panicking” ahead of the primaries. During a two-hour, primetime interview on France 2 television, Juppé presented his policies for addressing France’s ailing economy, Europe’s migrant crisis, […]

Sarkozy’s former spy chief placed under ‘formal investigation’

Sarkozy’s former spy chief placed under ‘formal investigation’

The former head of France’s DGSI domestic intelligence agency was placed under formal investigation on Wednesday on suspicions of influence peddling. Squarcini was a close ally of former president Nicolas Sarkozy. Bernard “The Shark” Squarcini is suspected of using his police contacts to obtain confidential information about investigations for private clients after he was dismissed […]

Centrist Bayrou trips up Sarkozy at start of presidential race

Centrist Bayrou trips up Sarkozy at start of presidential race

Centrist politician François Bayrou on Sunday said he would run as a candidate in France’s presidential election next year if Nicolas Sarkozy won the right-wing Les Républicains party nomination, in a new affront to the former president. Speaking to supporters gathered in the western French town of Guidel, Bayrou accused Sarkozy of pitting French people […]