Anything could happen in French politics

In fact, anything and everything probably has:

France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy has been charged with corruption and influence peddling, French prosecutors said Wednesday, a dramatic move in a criminal probe that could wreck his hopes of a political comeback.

The decision came after Mr Sarkozy was questioned for 15 hours, marking the first time a French ex-head of state had been taken into custody in a criminal investigation.

I wouldn’t say I would be horribly surprised if it was found that there had been some odd goings on. But nor would I be all that surprised to be informed that there hadn’t been but that investigating loudly and publicly was thought to be a good way of getting Sarko out of the way.

11 comments on “Anything could happen in French politics

  1. it seems pretty certain that Sarkozy took millions from a foreign country, the libyans, to help him win the 2007 election. he then led the charge to depose gadaffi probably hoping that the debt would not have to be repaid.

    Politically what this does is clear the way for marine le pen since hollande is widely disliked and thought of as an idiot. it also helps socialist hardman manuel valls who is probably hoping to run for president in 2017. so it is certainly political.

  2. Either way French politcs is corrupt. Either Sarkosy is corrupt for taking dodgy money or the justice system is corrupt for bringing a false prosecution against him.

  3. “Mitterrand, Chirac, Sarkozy…superb advertisements for a Presidential system.” Don’t be so anti-American: what about Clinton, W & O?

  4. So it looks like French politics remains what it has always been – if you didn’t go to one of the Grand Ecoles (or at least pass in Sarkozy’s case) don’t get uppity or they will destroy you.

    As if French Presidents haven’t taken money from African dictators before. At least the Hungarian didn’t eat anyone.

  5. diogenes – “At least in France they investigate. We will never see Blair’s finances investigated.”

    Sarkozy did not go to a great school. He was unbashedly pro-American. He is of Jewish descent. Thus he was not a Nazi.

    Precisely none of those is true of François Mitterrand.

    Yet it is the dwarf who is being investigated? Not such a good thing really.

  6. SMFS

    The fact that Mitterand was not investigated is not a great excuse for not arraigning war criminal and profiteer Blair

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