Nicolas Sarkozy

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Nicolas Sarkozy

Sarkozy in 2022
23rd President of the French Republic
In office
16 May 2007 – 15 May 2012
Prime MinisterFrançois Fillon
Preceded byJacques Chirac
Succeeded byFrançois Hollande
Co-Prince of Andorra
In office
16 May 2007 – 15 May 2012
Served with Joan Enric Vives Sicília
Prime MinisterAlbert Pintat
Jaume Bartumeu
Pere López Agràs (Acting)
Antoni Martí
RepresentativePhilippe Massoni
Emmanuelle Mignon
Christian Frémont
Preceded byJacques Chirac
Succeeded byFrançois Hollande
Personal details
Born (1955-01-28) 28 January 1955 (age 69)
Paris, France
Political partyThe Republicans (2015–present)
Other political
Union of Democrats for the Republic (1974–1976)
Rally for the Republic (1976–2002)
Union for a Popular Movement (2002–2015)
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Spouse(s)Marie-Dominique Culioli
(m. 1982-1996)
Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz
(m. 1996-2007)
Carla Bruni
(m. 2008-present)
RelationsGuillaume Sarkozy (brother)
Olivier Sarkozy (half-brother)
ChildrenPierre, Jean, Louis, Giulia
ResidenceÉlysée Palace
Alma materUniversity of Paris X: Nanterre
Occupationpolitician, lawyer

Nicolas Sarkozy (born 28 January 1955)[2] is a French politician. He was the 23rd President of France and, because of that position, ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra from 16 May 2007 to 15 May 2012 succeeding Jacques Chirac.

He was the leader of the UMP, and was elected President of the French Republic on 6 May 2007. He defeated Ségolène Royal, of the Socialist Party.

Political career[change | change source]

Nicolas Sarkozy was known for his conservative law and order politics and his admiration for a new economic model for France during his presidency. He wanted a more liberalised economy for France because he saw the United States and the United Kingdom as positive examples. Until 26 March 2007, he was the Minister of the Interior of France. His nickname Sarko was used by both supporters and opponents. On 6 May 2012, Sarkozy was defeated in the 2012 election by Socialist François Hollande by a margin of 3.2%, or 1,139,983 votes. After leaving the office, Sarkozy pretended to retire from political life. As a former president, Sarkozy is entitled to de jure membership in the Constitutional Council. He retired from the council a few months later.

Corruption trial[change | change source]

On 23 November 2020, a corruption trial started. He was accused for an attempted bribery of a judge. The trial was postponed until November 26, following a request from one of his co-defendants for health reasons.[3]

On March 1, 2021, a court in Paris found former Sarkozy guilty of corruption, trading in influence in a wiretapping and illegal data exchange. Sarkozy and his two co-defendants were sentenced to three years, two of them suspended, and one in prison.[4][5][6]

He appeals the court decision immediatly, and contests the partiality of the judges whom he considers to be a reference of a certain non-objective left-wing morality.

Notes[change | change source]

  1. "Socialists say Sarkozy has "small man syndrome"".
  2. audio speaker iconpronunciation , born Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa
  3. "Coronavirus fears postpone corruption trial of former French President Sarkozy". Politico. 23 November 2020. Retrieved 23 November 2020.
  4. "Sarkozy: Former French president sentenced to jail for corruption". BBC News. 2021-03-01. Retrieved 2021-03-01.
  5. "Nicolas Sarkozy va faire appel après sa condamnation pour corruption". L'Obs (in French). Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  6. "Affaire des « écoutes » : Nicolas Sarkozy va faire appel". Le Point (in French). Retrieved 1 March 2021.

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