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Ex French President – Nicolas Sarkozy
… Homes invaded by French Police …
4th July 2012.
We all live in hope that Politicians get their just deserts – well it seems that in France ousted President Nicolas Sarkozy is about to see the inside of a prison cell sometime soon.

A story posted by RT – a 24/7 on-line News Service carries the full story:

French police raid home of former president Nicolas Sarkozy

| Date: 4th July 2012 | Link to On-Line Story. |

Police officers have carried out a number of raids in Paris – on the villa Nicolas Sarkozy shares with his wife Carla Bruni, on the law offices of the former president’s attorneys and on the apartment provided to him by the government.

Police officers have carried out a number of raids in Paris – on the villa Nicolas Sarkozy shares with his wife Carla Bruni, on the law offices of the former president’s attorneys and on the apartment provided to him by the government.

Judge Jean-Michele Gentil and financial police searched the Sarkozys’ villa Montmorency, located in the French capital’s most luxurious district, the offices of Arnaud, Claude and Associates, in which Sarkozy is a shareholder, and an apartment given to the former president by the government.

The raids are reportedly linked to a campaign finance corruption scandal involving billionaire L’Oreal heiress Lilian Bettencourt.

Bettencourt, France’s richest woman, is alleged to have illegally contributed two payments of 400,000 euros each to Mr Sarkozy’s 2007 election campaign, despite the fact the legal limit on individual donations being 4,600 Euro.

Both were traced to Swiss accounts, and one was allegedly received by Sarkozy in person in Paris, in return for offering the cosmetics magnate tax breaks once he came to power.

Numerous witnesses including a butler, nurse and chauffeur have described seeing Mr Sarkozy paying personal visits to the Bettencourt mansion in Neuilly-sur-Seine, the upmarket Paris suburb.

Sarkozy’s presidential immunity from prosecution expired on June 16th and his former budget minister Eric Woerth has already been charged with corruption.

This is just one of several cases Sarkozy may be investigated for, now that constitutional protection has been removed. He is also facing allegations that he profited from illegal arms sales to Pakistan, and that he accepted millions from former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

His lawyer Thierry Herzog said Sarkozy, who was defeated in his re-election bid in May by the Socialist Francois Hollande, is currently in Canada with his family.

The French Police are acting on a tip-off – Sarkozy pissed someone off and these electoral donations rumours have been around for a while – why should the fact that they are the President give them immunity for prosecution whilst they remain in office. Crime is crime and regardless of what their station – justice not only has to be seen to be fair and equitable, it has to be done on equal footing.

This story will have collateral damage. Sarkozy’s guilt or innocence is not the real question here – electoral donations for political favours is. Lobbyist contributions are at the root of all the evil that corrupts out Politicians – lets face it – the politicians are not that smart to begin with – a presentable public image, someone who can speak coherently and make sense, and someone quick on the wit and charm when facing hostile media … fits the profile of a con-man right … have intelligence to Lead a Nation has a different skill set requirement.

In Sarkozy’s case his model celebrity wife bought much to the equation. Where will she be when Sarkozy is in the dock – a dutiful wife as was Murdoch’s child bride. No – this level of corruption as was the Straus Kahn matter is above out pay grade in understanding motive and the process.

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