Claude Géant, who is very close to former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is given a suspended sentence for two years after he has been convicted of the cash bonuses he received when he was the minister of interior. He is also banned from the public service for five years and has to pay 75,000-euro fine.
The French politician is accused of « misappropriation of public funds complicity and concealment ». Michel Gaudin, the former general director of the national police is also given a suspended sentence for ten months in the same case. Three other members of his cabinet are charged with “receiving stolen goods” and fined 20,000 to 40,000 euros.
The case involved cash bonuses that each members of Nicolas Sarkozy’s office took when Claude Guéant was the interior minister. These amounts were deducted from an envelope for costs of investigation and monitoring of police units and handed over by Michel Gaudin. In all, the amount reached a total of 210,000 euros, or 10,000 euros per month, delivered between 2002 and 2004.
Claude Gueant meanwhile, denied having acted illegally justifying himself by stating that he introduced this system following an example of the reform of special funds of Lionel Jospin in 2001.