French court convicts former Sarkozy’s advisers of funding polls during his presidency

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French court convicts two former high-ranking advisers of former president on Friday (21/1) Nicolas Sarkozy in prison for their role in the misuse of public funds to fund polls.

Five of his former associates Sarkozy were tried in France with the accusations of favoritism, conspiracy and misuse of public funds in the case of awarding contracts to polling companies, amounting to 7.5 million euros, during the five years 2007-2012.

The same Sarkozy had presidential immunity in this case and had clashed with judges over whether or not he was required to testify at trial.

The court sentenced his former chief of staff to eight months in prison Sarkozy and ex Home Secretary Claude Gann for nepotism while his former adviser Patrick Boyson was sentenced to two years in prison with a suspension and a fine of 150,000 euros for misuse of public funds.

One of his lawyers Gean he told BFM TV channel that he will appeal the conviction.

Prosecutors argued that his advisers Sarkozy at the time he was president, contracts were secretly signed, without any prior competition, in violation of French competition and transparency legislation.

The former pollster was also sentenced to six months in prison with a suspension and a fine of 70,000 euros Pierre Giacometti.

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