Nicolas Sarkozy Fast Facts

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on March 10, 2014, in Nice, southeastern France.

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Nicolas Sarkozy, former president of France.


Birth date: January 28, 1955
    Birth place: Paris, France
    Birth name: Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarkozy de Nagy-Bocsa
    Father: Pal Sarkozy de Nagy Bocsa
    Mother: Andrée (Mallah) Sarkozy de Nagy Bocsa
    Marriages: Carla Bruni (2008-present); Cécilia Ciganer-Albeniz (1996-2007, divorced); Marie-Dominique Culioli (1982-1996, divorced)
    Children: with Carla Bruni: Giulia; with Cécilia Ciganer-Albeniz: Louis; with Marie-Dominique Culioli: Jean and Pierre
    Education: Attended the Paris Institute of Political Studies, 1979-1981; University of Paris, Law, 1978
    Religion: Roman Catholic

    Other Facts

    Son of a French mother and Hungarian immigrant father.
    Grew up in Neuilly-sur-Seine or Neuilly, a suburb of Paris.
    Member of the Republican party, formerly known as Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party.


    1977 - Elected city councilman of Neuilly.
    1983-2002 - Mayor of Neuilly.
    1993-1995 - Serves as budget minister of France.
    2002-2004 - Interior minister.
    March 2004-November 2004 - Finance minister.
    2005-2007 - Serves as interior minister again, resigns to run for president.
    August 2008 - Helps broker a cease-fire agreement between Georgia and Russia.
    April 22, 2012 - Finishes second, to Francois Hollande, in the first round of France's presidential elections.
    May 6, 2012 - Is defeated by Hollande in the presidential election runoff.
    July 3, 2012 - Police raid Sarkozy's home and office amid an investigation into claims of illegal campaign financing. The investigation is centered around whether L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt illegally helped Sarkozy during his 2007 presidential campaign.
    March 21, 2013 - Is placed under formal investigation for breach of trust. He is accused of taking advantage of Bettencourt to help fund his 2007 campaign.
    October 7, 2013 - Charges against Sarkozy for alleged illegal campaign financing are dropped.
    July 2, 2014 - Is placed under formal investigation in connection with suspected corruption and influence peddling. The case is later suspended.
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