A French court on Thursday sentenced former President Nicolas Sarkozy to one year in prison for financing an illegal campaign by spending heavily on the 2012 re-election campaign. The decision comes six months after Sarkozy was found guilty of corruption in a separate case.
Sarkozy, who spent almost twice the legal limit on his failed bid for his second term, will be sentenced when the judges finish reading their verdict later in the day.
Sarkozy He was not present in the Paris court to announce the verdict.
The 66-year-old right-wingers removed all obstacles to try to stop the final winning Socialist candidate, Francois Hollande, in 2012.
A series of spectacular American-style election rallies boosted their spending, with the final bill reaching at least 42.8 million euros to 49.7 million dollars, almost double the legal limit of 22.5 million euros.
The case is known as the Big Million Affair, after a public relations firm that set up a fake receipt system to hide the true value of events.
The prosecution demanded a one-year prison sentence.Half of it is suspended for the former president. He is unlikely to go to jail immediately under any circumstances as he will be expected to appeal against the sentence.
it was This is Sarkozy’s second criminal conviction this year., Who led France from 2007 to 2012 and maintained his influence among conservatives despite falling gracefully over his legal troubles.
(France24 with AFP, Reuters and AP)