Who are Nicolas Sarkozy’s three wives and children? Ex French president sentenced to 3 years for corruption
Sarkozy will not be serving time in jail but will have to stay homebound by wearing an electronic tag
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in jail for corruption on March 1, 2021. The 66-year-old controversial political figure was found guilty of trying to bribe a magistrate by offering him a prestigious job in return for information about a separate criminal case against him. After weighing all the evidence, the judge said Sarkozy need not serve time in jail but will have to serve a sentence by wearing an electronic tag.
Sarkozy was France’s president from 2007 to 2012. His 2012 re-election bid was unsuccessful. Despite his legal problems, Sarkozy remains popular in right-wing circles, a year away from the next presidential election in France. The judge added that the conservative politician “knew what [he] was doing was wrong”, and added that his actions and those of his lawyers had given the public “a very bad image of justice.”
Sarkozy’s personal life
Sarkozy, 66, was born in Paris and studied at Universite Paris X Nanterre, where he graduated with an MA in private law and, later, with a DEA degree in business law. After graduating from the university, he entered Sciences Po, where he studied between 1979 and 1981 but failed to graduate because of insufficient command over the English language. After passing the bar exam, he became a lawyer specializing in business and family law and was one of the lawyers of former Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi.
Nicolas Sarkozy’s marriage to Marie-Dominique Culioli
Sarkozy married Culioli on September 23, 1982. Culioli helmed from a powerful family from Vico, Corsica. Her uncle, Achille Peretti, was the mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine from 1947 to 1983, who was Sarkozy’s mentor. Sarkozy and Culioli had two sons, Pierre and Jean. The couple parted ways in 1996 after they had been separated for several years.
Nicolas Sarkozy’s marriage to Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz
When Sarkozy was the mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, he met former fashion model and public relations executive Cecilia. They started dating in 1988 and got married in October 1996. The couple often appeared together on public occasions, with Cecilia acting as the chief aide for her husband. From their marriage, Sarkozy and Cecilia have one son, Louis. The couple divorced on October 15, 2007, soon after he was elected as the president of France.
Nicolas Sarkozy’s marriage to Carla Bruni
After ending his marriage with Cecilia, Sarkozy met Italian-born singer, songwriter, and a former fashion model Carla Bruni. After dating for a while, the duo tied the knot on February 2, 2008 at the Elysee Palace in Paris. From his marriage to Carla, Sarkozy has a daughter, Giulia, who was born on October 19, 2011. Meanwhile, Sarkozy is also due to go on trial in a separate case, from March 17 to April 15, 2021, which relates to the Bygmalion affair. As per reports, it accuses the conservative politician of having fraudulently overspent in his 2012 presidential campaign.