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Sarkozy: Ex-French president gets jail sentence over campaign funding


Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to a year in prison for illegally funding his unsuccessful 2012 re-election campaign.

In a Paris court, the 66-year-old was found guilty of spending tens of millions of euros more on his campaign than was permitted by law.

However, he will not be imprisoned and will be able to serve his sentence at home with the help of an electronic bracelet, according to the court.

Mr. Sarkozy denies any wrongdoing and is expected to appeal the decision.

It is his second one-year sentence. In March, he became the first former president of France to be sentenced to prison for corruption and influence peddling, but he remains free pending an appeal.

In the most recent trial, Mr Sarkozy was charged alongside 13 other defendants for his role in the so-called “Bygmalion” scandal.

Prosecutors said the former president’s UMP party spent nearly double the €22.5 million (£19.4 million) limit on lavish campaign rallies and events, then tried to hide the costs by hiring a public relations firm called Bygmalion to bill the party rather than the campaign.

On Thursday, a Paris court ruled that, while the former president may not have known the full extent of the fraud, he must have seen limits being violated and done nothing about it.

It is the latest legal challenge for Mr Sarkozy, who was elected president for a five-year term in 2007.

He was defeated in his re-election bid in 2012 by socialist François Hollande. Several criminal investigations have been launched against him since then.

Earlier this year he was given a suspended prison sentence for trying to bribe a judge in 2014.

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