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Sarkozy rules out French presidential election after persecution

Paris (AP) – Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has ruled out running for office again next year, and a court has found him guilty of corruption, “selling influence” and sentencing him to one year in prison. He appealed the decision.

In an interview with the French newspaper Le Figaro on Tuesday, Sarkozy condemned Monday’s verdict as “profound injustice”.

“I can not accept being judged for what I did not do,” he said.

Sarkozy, 66, who was president from 2007 to 2012, has been convicted of attempting to bribe a magistrate in exchange for information about a lawsuit.

A Paris court has ruled that Sarkozy and his two defendants signed a “corruption pact” in 2014 based on “solid, solid evidence”.

Sarkozy was sentenced to one year in prison and two years probation. The appeal suspends the court decision.

Sarkozy left active politics in 2017, but still plays a big role behind the scenes. Some conservative officials claim that he will run in 2022. In the presidential elections.

In Le Figaro, he suggested that he did not consider running for office again, citing family reasons.

“I said I would not run in the presidential election, I will keep it,” he was quoted as saying.

However, he said he intended to play a role in next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

“I will do my duty by saying what I think,” he said.

At the end of this month, Sarkozy is facing another trial over suspicions about his 2012 presidential election campaign, which ended with the victory of socialist rival Francois Hollande.

His Conservative party, a company called Bigmalion, has been accused of using a special invoice system to cover up alleged costs of € 42.8 million ($ 50.7 million), almost twice as much as allowed.

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