Prosecutor calls for prison sentence for ex-French President Sarkozy, reports BFM TV

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives for a hearing in a trial over the alleged illegal financing of his failed 2012 re-election campaign, along with 13 other defendants, former Bygmalion officials and UMP representatives, at the Palace of justice of Paris, France, June 15, 2021. REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol

PARIS, June 17 (Reuters) – The French prosecution has requested six months in prison for former President Nicolas Sarkozy during his campaign finance trial, BFM TV reported on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office could not immediately comment on the report.

On Tuesday, Sarkozy denied any wrongdoing during his trial over the illegal funding of his failed 2012 re-election campaign, saying his expenses were not his responsibility. Read more

Prosecutors allege Sarkozy’s conservative party spent nearly double the 22.5 million euros ($ 27 million) allowed by election law on extravagant election rallies, then hired a friendly PR agency to hide the cost.

A provocative Sarkozy said in court that he was not involved in the logistics of his campaign for a second presidential term or in how the money was spent during the election campaign.

($ 1 = 0.8248 euros)

Report by Dominique Vidalon, written by GV De Clercq; Editing by Jon Boyle

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