The former head of state, sentenced to a year in prison for illegally financing his 2012 presidential campaign, spoke in Paris on Saturday at a book signing for his new book.
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He spoke publicly for the first time since his conviction. “People are not fooled by anything, they understood”, estimated the former president Nicolas Sarkozy during a signing session for his new book, in Paris, Saturday 2 October.
The former head of state, sentenced two days earlier to a year in prison for illegally financing his 2012 presidential campaign, arrived shortly before 11 a.m. at a bookseller in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, where he waited for about 200 people who asked him to “have good”. Among them was lawyer Francis Szpiner, mayor of the 16th arrondissement.
Asked about Prime Minister Jean Castex, who gave him his… “friendship” and “affection” Until “personal title”, Nicolas Sarkozy said: “It made me very happy, I am not surprised about him. I am very sensitive to it. I have received thousands and thousands” messages of support.
In a post on social networks, Nicolas Sarkozy had denounced on Thursday “an injustice” and promised to go “till the end” doing phone call.
In March, Nicolas Sarkozy became the first former president of the Fifth Republic to be sentenced to three years in prison, one of which was closed, for corruption and influence drag, in the so-called ‘wiretapping’ affair. He also appealed and thus de facto suspended this sentence.