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Sarkozy loses campaign financing appeal

October 25, 2018

The former French president has lost an appeal over charges of illegal campaign financing. The conservative leader is facing multiple legal problems, including allegations he accepted funds from Moammar Gadhafi.

French former president Nicolas Sarkozy
Image: Getty Images/AFP/G. van der Hasselt

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy must face trial for illegal campaign financing after losing a court appeal on Thursday.

The "Bygmalion" scandal is just one of several legal problems facing Sarkozy following his unsuccessful re-election bid in 2012.

Read more: Nicolas Sarkozy corruption charges reveal France's loose campaign finance practices

Details of the case

  • Sarkozy was appealing a 2017 ruling that he and 13 others face trial over the "Bygmalion affair."
  • In 2012 Sarkozy allegedly exceeded the legal limit for election campaign spending.
  • A PR firm called Bygmalion was allegedly involved in exceeding the €22.5 million ($25.6 million) limit by almost double via fake invoices.

Other legal troubles: Sarkozy is also facing accusations of bribery and illegal influence. In 2014, Sarkozy allegedly obtained secret information from a lawyer general at the Court of Cassation through his legal counsel. He is also under investigation for allegedly accepting campaign financing in 2007 from then-Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi.

Read more: Nicolas Sarkozy: Life is 'living hell' since Libya funding accusations

Further appeal: Sarkozy's lawyers said their client would now take the case to the Cour de Cassation, France's court of final appeal.

aw/rt (AFP, Reuters)

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