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    Mellah-Sarközy 'received Cash from West African Leaders'

    Nicolas Sarkozy received cash from West African leaders, it has been alleged, following claims that Jacques Chirac and his Dominique de Villepin received an estimated $20 million stuffed into briefcases over eight years.

    The scandal has cast fresh light on France's historically murky ties to African dictators, who for decades allegedly doled out dirty petrodollars to French politicians in exchange for diplomatic and military support in a set-up known as "Françafrique".

    Robert Bourgi claimed on Sunday he personally handed millions of francs from five African leaders to Mr Chirac when he was mayor of Paris and later president, along with Mr Villepin, his right hand man.

    Mr Bourgi, 66, says the money, which he variously transported in a sports bag, a poster and even a ceremonial African drum, came from Burkina Faso, the Congo, Gabon, Ivory Coast and Senegal.

    Yesterday, he estimated having lugged a total of $20 million (almost £13 million) to Mr Chirac and Mr Villepin between 1997 and 2005. Around half of this went into funding Mr Chirac's successful 2002 electoral campaign, he claimed.

    Bernard Houdin, an adviser to former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, said that such payments were "a historical practice" and that "the sums mentioned are no doubt below reality".

    Burkina Faso ejected as "grotesque" the allegations. Senegal also dismissed the claims.

    Mr Bourgi also alleged that other former presidents benefited from such largesse, including Georges Pompidou, Valerie Giscard d'Estaing and the Socialist ex-president François Mitterrand.

    However, he insisted he never handed cash to Mr Sarkozy.

    In an interview to Le Journal du Dimanche, Mr Bourgi said he switched allegiance to Mr Sarkozy – a bitter Villepin rival – in 2005, acting as unofficial "adviser", but he insists "without the briefcases".

    However that claim was countered by Jean-François Probst, a former Chirac aide, like Mr Bourgi with various nebulous links to African leaders.

    "Nothing stopped with Sarkozy," Mr Probst claimed yesterday. To say otherwise was "not credible".

    "Bourgi has laboured tirelessly for Sarkozy (to drum up funds) from African leaders since the 2007 presidential elections,"
    he claimed.

    Mr Bourgi "rushed to Libreville (the capital of Gabon) in July 2007 and did a deal with (president) Omar Bongo who, I am told, gave him a billion CFA francs (£1.3 million)".

    Claims Mr Sarkozy received cash from Mr Bourgi are also made in a book by investigative journalist Pierre Péan called The Briefcase Republic, out next week. Chirac adviser, Michel de Bonnecorse, is cited as alleging he saw Mr Bourgi place a suitcase of cash at Mr Sarkozy's feet when he was interior minister. The Elysée declined to comment.

    Mr Sarkozy's aides were at pains to insist Mr Bourgi plays no advisory role. However, several US diplomatic cables uncovered by WikiLeaks claim the pair are "friends".

    A US embassy in Paris cable dated November 19, 2009, describes Mr Bourgi as a "presidential adviser". It cites French foreign ministry Africa chief Stéphane Gompertz as regretting that Mr Bourgi is "Sarkozy's friend, but that's a fact of life".

    Mr Gompertz also admits that "Bourgi operates in the shadows and has influence on France's approach to Africa".

    According to Le Monde, Mr Bourgi won plaudits for securing a photo call with Mr Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy alongside Nelson Mandela in 2008.

    However, his star has since waned after he sparked a diplomatic incident in 2009 by claiming to speak in Mr Sarkozy's name when backing Omar Bongo's son Ali for president. Alain Juppe also reportedly insisted he be blackballed as a condition for becoming foreign minister.

    A diplomatic source suggested that an increasingly isolated Mr Bourgi was perhaps issuing a veiled threat to Mr Sarkozy by stating he had received no cash from an African leader "with me as an intermediary".

    Both Mr Chirac and Mr Villepin have announced they intend to sue Mr Bourgi for defamation.

    Sarkozy aide Henri Guaino said: "Neither the Elysee, nor those working for the president, nor the president himself, are involved in this affair."
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    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Jailed on Corruption Charge, First in Modern French History

    PARIS (AP) – A Paris court on Monday found French former President Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption and influence peddling and sentenced him to one year in prison and a two-year suspended sentence.

    The 66-year-old politician, who was president from 2007 to 2012, was convicted for having tried to illegally obtain information from a senior magistrate in 2014 about a legal action in which he was involved. The court said Sarkozy is entitled to request to be detained at home with an electronic bracelet.

    This is the first time in France´s modern history that a former president has been convicted of corruption. Sarkozy´s co-defendants – his lawyer and longtime friend Thierry Herzog, 65, and now-retired magistrate Gilbert Azibert, 74 – were also found guilty and given the same sentence as the politician. The court found that Sarkozy and his co-defendants sealed a “pact of corruption,” based on “consistent and serious evidence”. The court said the facts were “particularly serious” given that they were committed by a former president who used his status to help a magistrate who had served his personal interest. In addition, as a lawyer by training, he was “perfectly informed” about committing an illegal action, the court said.

    Sarkozy had firmly denied all the allegations against him during the 10-day trial that took place at the end of last year. The corruption trial focused on phone conversations that took place in February 2014. At the time, investigative judges had launched an inquiry into the financing of the 2007 presidential campaign. During the investigation they incidentally discovered that Sarkozy and Herzog were communicating via secret mobile phones registered to the alias “Paul Bismuth.” Conversations wiretapped on these phones led prosecutors to suspect Sarkozy and Herzog of promising Azibert a job in Monaco in exchange for leaking information about another legal case, known by the name of France´s richest woman, L´Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

    In one of these phone calls with Herzog, Sarkozy said of Azibert : “I´ll make him move up … I´ll help him.” In another, Herzog reminded Sarkozy to “say a word” for Azibert during a trip to Monaco. Legal proceedings against Sarkozy have been dropped in the Bettencourt case. Azibert never got the Monaco job. Prosecutors have concluded, however, that the “clearly stated promise” constitutes in itself a corruption offense under French law, even if the promise wasn’t fulfilled. Sarkozy vigorously denied any malicious intention. He told the court that his political life was all about “giving (people) a little help. That all it is, a little help,” he said during the trial. The confidentiality of communications between a lawyer and his client was a major point of contention in the trial. “You have in front of you a man of whom more that 3,700 private conversations have been wiretapped… What did I do to deserve that?” Sarkozy said during the trial.

    Sarkozy´s defense lawyer, Jacqueline Laffont, argued the whole case was based on “small talk” between a lawyer and his client. The court concluded that the use of wiretapped conversations was legal as long as they helped show evidence of corruption-related offenses.

    Sarkozy withdrew from active politics after failing to be chosen as his conservative party´s presidential candidate for France´s 2017 election, won by Emmanuel Macron. He remains very popular amid right-wing voters, however, and plays a major role behind the scenes, including through maintaining a relationship with Macron, whom he is said to advise on certain topics. His memoirs published last year, “The Time of Storms,” was a bestseller for weeks.

    Sarkozy will face another trial later this month along with 13 other people on charges of illegal financing of his 2012 presidential campaign. His conservative party is suspected of having spent 42.8 million euros ($50.7 million), almost twice the maximum authorized, to finance the campaign, which ended in victory for Socialist rival Francois Hollande.

    In another investigation opened in 2013, Sarkozy is accused of having taken millions from then-Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to illegally finance his 2007 campaign.

    He was handed preliminary charges of passive corruption, illegal campaign financing, concealment of stolen assets from Libya and criminal association. He has denied wrongdoing.

    I would bet that nearly every single politician in high office worldwide, is somewhat corrupt.
    We know Biden is!

    At least they tried him, Clegg laughs at us from his million dollar deferred bribe at facebook and as for Blair, Cameron Osborn, the Milibands, Kinnock etc, all have peddled influence to the highest bidder, usually sorearse.
    And then there's China Joe, "The Big Guy" He's spent 48 years doing the same thing and he just got elected POTUS.

    But he gets the typical lenient punishment given to all corrupt polititions
    Throw him in Prison.

    Only a year?
    I bet he had many other uninvestigated corruption charges.
    Justice definitely has NOT been served!!!

    Hmm, and why is this happening now, and how is Sarkozy any worse or more corrupt than all of the other Ruling Elites? Let's face it: the only reason they went after Sarkozy is because he was too Conservative. Sarkozy is hated by a lot of people because he was not pro-socialism enough, or pro-shariah law enough, or pro-open borders enough. Convicting Sarkozy of "corruption" is a shot across the bow of any populist leader now or in the future. I bet it is just a matter of time before they will put Marine La Pen in their cross-hairs as well.

    Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Jailed on Corruption Charge, First in Modern French History

    1. III 2021.

    French President Sarkozy’s Jewish roots - the Saker

    Institute for Jewish Policy Research: France
    France. The total population of France on 1 January 2016 stood at 66,661,600. Its population grew by 246,500 in 2015, of which 45,800 was due to inward migration. As of 1 January 2016, the core Jewish population of France was estimated to be 460,000 (0.69% of the wider population), and the enlarged Jewish population was estimated at 600,000 (0.90% of the wider population).

    No question that jews are over represented in politics, finance and media EVERYWHERE.

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