Sarkozy said in his court testimony in December that he was the victim of lies. He said, “I have not misused the perceived or actual effect.” “What right should they put me in a mud like this for six years? Is there no rule of law?”
“I didn’t even think about the fact that we were doing something unacceptable,” he said in December. He also stated that he had not received any classified information from Azibert.
In an investigation into the 2007 election campaign, the judiciary recorded conversations between Sarkozy and his lawyer, Thierry Herzog. It was discovered, by chance, that the two were having further conversations, over a secret phone under a different name.
Sarkozy may have received a tip-off at some point that the phone was tapped, which is why Azibert did not eventually get the job in Monaco.
Ezebert went on trial with Sarkozy and his lawyer, Herzog. The two lawyers received the same punishment as the former president. They, too, have consistently denied the allegations.
Sarkozy’s lawyer in the criminal case said in her case that the whole case was based on “conversations between a lawyer and his client.” She told the judge that there was no evidence, there were no testimonies.
Later this month, Sarkozy will face trial again, along with 13 others. Then it comes to allegations of illegal financing of the 2012 presidential election campaign, which he lost to socialist François Hollande.
Sarkozy remains popular with the conservative right-wing electorate and plays an important role behind the scenes.