The French National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) is investigating former President Nicolas Sarkozy for alleged “influence peddling” for his consulting activities in Russia, sources close to the case told AFP.
This week, a French media outlet, Mediapart, published that the court has investigated since last summer (borealis) last year why Sarkozy received remuneration from a Russian insurer, Reso-Garantia.
The information represents an additional legal problem for the former president, who was tried in December for another alleged offense of corruption and influence peddling, whose sentence will be announced on March 1.
Sarkozy was the first ex-president of France since the establishment of the Fifth Republic (1958) to sit physically on the dock.
Before him, only Jacques Chirac, his predecessor and political mentor, was tried and convicted of embezzlement of public funds, committed when he was mayor of Paris, but due to health problems, he never appeared before the court.