Problems continue for Sarkozy

Problems continue for Sarkozy

Paris : France | Jul 04, 2012 at 2:47 PM PDT
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Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, is reportedly convulsed by the news that police ransacked his house and office a day before he had left to Canada for holiday. The ransack meant to prove the illegal contribution of 150,000 Euros in cash to fund Sarkozy's election campaign in 2007. Under the French law, private individuals can’t contribute more than 4,600 Euros.

Mr. Sarkozy rejected the claim that his campaign manager received money from an employee of France’s richest women, L'Oreal cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt. The former president is not currently facing trial, but it is expected that he would if any evidence is found against him.

Previously, Jacques Chirac, former French president, and Alain Juppe, Mr. Sarkozy's former Foreign Minister, have been given a complete compensation in their trials by the French government owing to the pleasant attitude of the French public. However, the French mindset has changed and now they want the wrongdoers to be brought to justice. Besides, new Socialist President Francois Hollande, who recently attended European summit at Brussels, has committed to clean up politics. He made his ministers to sign the anti-corruption pledge. His new technique inspired many. Gerard Davet of Le Monde newspaper said, "We're seeing healthier ways of operating at the top. I think we're making progress but we haven't yet reached the stage where top politicians are forced to resign if they get caught in a scandal."

Eric Woerth, who was forced to resign owing to the allegation that he had took Liliane Bettencourt's cash on behalf of Mr. Sarkozy, however, was re-elected as member of parliament later. To this, Arnaud Miguet of France Televisions said, “The attitude of the public to corruption in politics is changing because of an alliance between tough, independent-minded investigating judges and the media. They're bringing more sleaze to the surface and the public definitely wants to know more. But so far, it's not clear that the behavior of politicians is changing that much and they continue to suffer from a very bad image in the eyes of the public."

Conclusively, if Mr. Sarkozy is put on trial and convicted, he would undoubtedly face a suspended sentence and a ban on holding office, like what happened with Mr. Juppe.

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France's President Sarkozy' s campaign team speak together in Annecy during France's President Sarkozy's visit
France's President Sarkozy' s campaign team speak together in Annecy during France's President Sarkozy's visit
Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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