Nicolas Sarkozy's former chief of staff jailed over polling fraud

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The erstwhile main of unit of the ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy was handed a caller jailhouse condemnation Friday, adding to a agelong database of convictions stemming from the rightwinger’s 2007-2012 word successful office.

Claude Guéant, considered 1 of Sarkozy’s closest confidants, went connected proceedings successful October on with 4 different aides and allies implicit accusations they misused nationalist wealth portion ordering nationalist sentiment polls worthy a combined €7.5m (£6.3m).

Guéant, who is already successful jailhouse implicit a abstracted offence, was handed a one-year situation condemnation by a tribunal successful Paris connected Friday, with a request to service a minimum of 8 months.

The writer and one-time Sarkozy advisor Patrick Buisson was handed a two-year suspended condemnation and a €150,000 fine, portion the erstwhile furniture manager Emmanuelle Mignon was fixed a six-month suspended sentence.

The erstwhile pollster and advisor Pierre Giacometti was besides convicted and handed a six-month suspended condemnation and a good of €70,000.

They were accused of ordering polls for Sarkozy successful concealed and without competition, breaking French laws connected nationalist financing that necessitate transparency and competitory bidding.

The erstwhile Sarkozy adjutant Julien Vaulpré was the lone 1 of the 5 accused to beryllium cleared.

Sarkozy was not targeted straight and had refused to attest arsenic a witnesser until compelled to bash truthful by a judge.

In September past year, a abstracted tribunal handed Sarkozy a one-year situation sentence for amerciable financing of his 2012 re-election bid, 7 months aft helium received a jailhouse word for corruption.

The 66-year-old, who is appealing some of those convictions, has besides been charged implicit suspicions helium received millions of euros for his 2007 predetermination run from the precocious Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Guéant, 77, was jailed successful December aft helium was recovered to person failed to wage a good and damages to the authorities relating to a erstwhile sentence, handed down successful 2017, for operating a suspected slush fund.

He instantly announced an entreaty against Friday’s sentence.