Nicolas Sarkozy Fast Facts
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
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.
May 6, 2012 – Is defeated by Hollande in the presidential election runoff.
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.
November 29, 2014 – Is elected head of the UMP party.
May 2015 – The UMP party changes its name to the Republicans.
January 8, 2020 – A Paris court announces that Sarkozy will stand trial on corruption charges. He is accused of trying to get classified information from a judge.
November 24, 2020 – Sarkozy’s corruption trial begins. If he is convicted, he could face up to four years in prison. The verdict is expected in March 2021.