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Nicolas Sarkozy found guilty of illegal financing of his 2012 campaign

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The Paris Criminal Court on Thursday found Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of illegal financing of an electoral campaign in the context of the Bygmalion affair.

The former head of state Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty on Thursday, September 30, in Paris of illegal financing of his 2012 campaign, in the Bygmalion affair.

The president of 11e Correctional Chamber Caroline Viguier continued to read her judgment, before pronouncing the sentences against the former president and the 13 people who appeared at his side, all also found guilty of complicity in the illegal financing of the electoral campaign.

The former head of state, absent from the hearing, “continued to organize meetings”, after being “warned in writing of the risk of exceeding” the legal ceiling, said the president.

“It was not his first campaign, he had experience as a candidate,” continued the magistrate.

Nicolas Sarkozy faces a year of imprisonment and a fine of 3,750 euros. A one-year prison sentence including a six-month suspended sentence had been requested against him.

With AFP

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