The former secretary general of the presidency under Nicolas Sarkozy, Claude Guéant, was sentenced to a year in prison on Friday, including 8 months, with a deferred deposit warrant, in the case of the Elysée polls.
Patrick Buisson, then a close adviser to the Head of State, was sentenced to a two-year suspended prison sentence as well as a fine of 150,000 euros and the former pollster Pierre Giacometti to a 6-month suspended sentence and 70,000 euro fine. At the time director of cabinet, Emmanuelle Mignon was sanctioned with a 6-month suspended sentence. On the other hand, the former opinion leader Julien Vaulpré was released.
Shortly after 2 p.m., the court had begun to read the judgment in the absence of Claude Guéant, 77: imprisoned in the prison of Health for more than a month because of a previous conviction, he had asked not to be removed and to be represented by his lawyer.
First for a former tenant of Beauvau, Claude Guéant had been imprisoned on December 13. The Paris Court of Appeal had estimated in early November that he was not paying the fine and damages he was inflicted in 2017 in the case of cash bonuses from the Ministry of Health. ‘Interior. He made a request for release which was considered 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, leading to an extremely rare reopening of the debates, more than three weeks after the end of the hearings. He had also led the National Financial Prosecutor’s Office (PNF) to increase its requisitions against Claude Guéant: considering that he did not “respect court decisions”, the prosecution had asked for 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.