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.


Alexandra said...

I could see a case for judicial vindictiveness sticking if he was in and ou in a few hours, but he was in there for 12 hours. Of course caution is always indicated when dealing with this fellow but 12 hours... they obviously had a lot to say.

FrédéricLN said...

I'm surprised all commenters in France discuss about "illegal or not", "purely formal responsibility" or not, "money affair" or not. From my humble point of view, it's just about cheating a vote. But maybe French commenters wouldn't admit that, in France too, money amounts do cheat elections.

bert said...

I liked this story: http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/feb/20/sepp-blatter-qatar-2002-world-cup-french-pressure
It's about a shoe that's not dropped yet and may never drop. Blatter says: “You cannot buy a World Cup". Actually and evidently, you can. The recipient in this case was Nicholas Sarkozy, on behalf of the French state. Michel Platini and Qatar owned PSG are their own interesting stories.

Keep reading for a great Blatter quote right at the end, by the way.