Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sarkozy Mis en Examen

I spoke too soon the other day. I thought that Copé's escape from the judges meant that Sarkozy, too, would get away with whatever part he had in the affair. But today he was mis en examen. The precise nature of the five counts of the indictment remains unclear at this point. Sarkozy's lawyer is trying to minimize the significance of the move, suggesting that the charges concern mere "technical" violations of campaign financing laws, which Sarkozy has already admitted, rather than a criminal conspiracy. This may be spin, of course. In any case, the effect of this latest development on Sarkozy's campaign for the 2017 presidential nomination remains to be seen. It probably won't help, although one never knows. He may try to explain the charges as yet another instance of judicial vindictiveness against his humble person.