Sarkozy to be Tried over 2012 Cam­paign Fi­nanc­ing

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Paris: For­mer French pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Sarkozy is to face trial on charges of il­le­gally fi­nanc­ing his failed 2012 re-elec­tion bid, caus­ing more trou­ble for the coun­try’s rightwing Repub­li­cans party. The pros­e­cu­tion claims Sarkozy spent nearly dou­ble the le­gal limit of 22.5 mil­lion eu­ros on his lav­ish cam­paign, us­ing false billing from a pub­lic re­la­tions firm called Byg­malion. A le­gal source said on Tues­day that one of two in­ves­ti­gat­ing mag­is­trates in charge of the case, Serge Tour­naire, had de­cided on Fe­bru­ary 3 that the case should go to trial. Byg­malion charged 15.2 mil­lion eu­ros in cam­paign events to Sarkozy’s rightwing party in­stead of billing the pres­i­dent’s cam­paign. AFP

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