“People are not fooled by anything”, reacts Nicolas Sarkozy after his conviction

The former head of state, sentenced to one year in prison for the illegal financing of his 2012 presidential campaign, spoke at a signing session for his new book, Saturday in Paris.

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He spoke publicly for the first time since his conviction. “People are not fooled by anything, they understood”, estimated the former president Nicolas Sarkozy during a signing session of his new book, in Paris, Saturday, October 2.

The former head of state, sentenced two days earlier to one year in prison for the illegal financing of his 2012 presidential campaign, arrived shortly before 11 a.m. in a bookseller in the 16th arrondissement of Paris where he was waiting about 200 people asking him to “have good”. Among them was lawyer Francis Szpiner, mayor of the 16th arrondissement.

Asked about Prime Minister Jean Castex, who had expressed to him on Thursday his “friendship” and “affection” To “personal title”, Nicolas Sarkozy said: “It made me very happy, it doesn’t surprise me about him, I am very sensitive to it, I have received thousands and thousands” messages of support.

In a message on social networks Thursday, Nicolas Sarkozy had denounced “an injustice” and promised to go “until the end” doing call.

In March, Nicolas Sarkozy became the first former President of the Fifth Republic to be sentenced to prison – three years including one – for corruption and influence peddling, in the so-called “wiretapping” affair. He also appealed, thus de facto suspending this sentence.