When Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was asked by CNBC about the corruption charges against her husband, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, she replied: “I trust the truth. So I feel like the truth is going to come out.”
In the end, French investigators abandoned their inquiry into whether Sarkozy took advantage of elderly L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt in order to garner funds for his UMP party in the buildup to last year’s presidential election.
While questions may still remain about Sarkozy’s conduct, the end of the inquiry allows him more access to the public stage, from which he has remained firmly removed since his election loss to François Hollande.
Sarkozy is still incredibly popular within his party: 62 percent of conservative UMP voters want him to run for the presidency in 2017, according to a September Ifop poll.
However, he still faces questioning regarding the “Karachi Affair,” yet another corruption case, this one linked to arms sales and a bombing in Pakistan in 2002.
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