French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy will jail if it is up to the public prosecutor in Paris. The 65-year-old politician is on trial in a series of lawsuits for, among other things, corruption. Justice demanded four years in prison on Tuesday, half of which was conditional.
Sarkozy, along with his lawyer Thierry Herzog, is said to have bribed a judge by promising him a job in Monaco in exchange for information about an investigation into the finances of his campaign.
The former president said in court on Monday that he has “never been guilty of any form of corruption”. He promised to go “to the limit” to clear his name.
Sarkozy was president from 2007 to 2012. It is the first time that a French head of state has to answer in person in court for corruption practices. Prosecutors said Sarkozy and his attorney wanted to bribe Judge Gilbert Azibert in exchange for information about an investigation into payments Sarkozy received during his 2007 presidential campaign.
That money would come from the late heiress Liliane Bettencourt of the L’Oréal empire. In that affair, Sarkozy has been acquitted, but a series of other cases are ongoing.