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France's prison system has become increasingly overcrowded in past years, and it reportedly does little to discourage reoffending.
Mr Sarkozy indignantly defended his 'honour' earlier this month after being accused of trying to derail judicial investigations against him John Lichfield has been The Independent's man in Paris since 1997, covering French news.
FORMER French President Nicolas Sarkozy was detained earlier this week and is being questioned by detectives over suspected influence peddling.
The 82-year old Neal & Massy Group last week announced that effective immediately the entire conglomerate will be known as just "Massy".
French President Francois Hollande addresses a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, in this January 14, 2014 file photo.
The fall of President Bling-Bling: Driven from police cells at 2am, Sarkozy - the French peacock who married a supermodel and lived like a king - faces ten years amid lurid claims he took millions from Gaddafi Furious family members rally to support Nicolas Sarkozy after he is charged with corruption allegations... but there is no comment from wife ... (more)
Unsmiling, with clenched fists and a set jaw, Nicolas Sarkozy found himself yet again in the stance that has so often marked his political career - his back to the wall.
In the course of a couple of hours on Wednesday, France was rocked by two judicial decisions with profound political repercussions for French politics and the press' right to publish.
Updated: Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:53 am
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