According to Roman Polanski's sister-in-law, French President Nicolas Sarkozy was instrumental in assuring the director's release from prison. "I wouldn't go so far as to say that it is thanks to the president that Roman has been freed, but he has been super," said Mathilde Seigner, the sister of Polanski's wife Emmanuelle. Some have speculated that Sarkozy's wife, Carla Bruni, who used to run in the same artistic circles as Polanski and Seigner, pressured her husband to intervene. Polanski, arrested by the Swiss at the behest of the U.S. on a 1977 rape warrant, will be moved from prison to his chalet after he puts up his $4.5 million bail, and will be monitored via an electronic bracelet.
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