Monday, October 18

French court finds Sarkozy guilty of illegally funding 2012 campaign



A Paris court has found former French President Sarkozy guilty of illegally financing the campaign during his failed re-election bid in 2012. The court has yet to decide the sentence.

Prosecutors are calling for a one-year prison sentence, half of it suspended, for the 66-year-old former president. Although it is unlikely that he will go to jail immediately, since, in this case, he is expected to appeal the sentence.

It is the second guilty verdict this year for Sarkozy, who led France from 2007 to 2012 and retains influence among conservatives despite falling out of favor over his legal troubles.

Specifically, and according to prosecutors, he was investigated because his party spent almost double the € 22.5 million allowed by electoral law at extravagant campaign rallies, plus he hired a friendly public relations agency to hide the amount of money it cost.

Sarkozy, that denied wrongdoing, told the court in June that he had not been involved in the logistics of his campaign for a second term as president, nor was he aware of the use of the money in the run-up to the elections.

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