Former Interior Minister Claude Guéant was sentenced to eight months in prison with a warrant of committal this Friday by the Paris court in the Elysée polls case.
He was judged with four former advisers and collaborators of Nicolas Sarkozy.
First for a former tenant of Beauvau, Claude Guéant, 77, was imprisoned on December 13 in the prison of Health because of a previous conviction.
The Paris Court of Appeal ruled in early November that he was not paying the fine and damages he was imposed on time in 2017 in the case of cash bonuses from the Ministry of Health. 'Interior.
He made a request for release which was examined on Wednesday and will be decided on February 7.
This judicial past telescoped the trial of the Élysée polls, which took place in October and November before the Paris court, resulting in an extremely rare reopening of the debates, more than three weeks after the end of the hearings.
It also led the National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF) to increase its requisitions against Claude Guéant: considering that he does not "respect court decisions", the prosecution had requested one year's imprisonment, against six months previously, as well a fine of 10,000 euros for favoritism and embezzlement of public funds through negligence.
Nicolas Sarkozy refused to answer questions
For a month, the court immersed itself in the exercise of power under Sarkozy, examining the millions of euros in political advice and opinion research billed by the companies of Patrick Buisson and Pierre Giacometti, as well as by the Ipsos institute.
The former head of state has never been implicated in this case, because he is covered by the presidential immunity guaranteed by the Constitution.
But he was summoned, in an unprecedented decision, to appear as a witness on November 2: during a brief and tense hearing, Nicolas Sarkozy refused to answer questions from President Benjamin Blanchet, in the name of the "separation of powers ".
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For the prosecution, the disputed expenses were the subject of favoritism, because they were awarded without advertising or a call for tenders.
In question: 2.7 million euros for Patrick Buisson, 2.1 million for Pierre Giacometti and 1.5 million for Ipsos.
Patrick Buisson, 72, a former influential inspiration to the president, was also prosecuted for embezzlement of public funds, due to two contracts under which he was paid 10,000 euros per month for advice and could also deliver surveys at his own discretion. .
Between 2007 and 2009, the PNF counted 235 opinion polls, bought and then resold with margins of 65 to 71%, for a profit of 1.4 million euros.