2 thoughts on “French politicians prosecuted for fraud

  1. Pingback: French politicians prosecuted for fraud — Dear Kitty. Some blog – Curi56's Blog

  2. Tuesday 6th September 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    FORMER French president Nicolas Sarkozy could face trial over illegal overspending on his failed 2012 re-election campaign after the Paris prosecutor recommended charges yesterday.

    The prosecutor’s office said it had asked investigating judges to send Mr Sarkozy and 13 others to court.

    In February, the judges issued preliminary charges of illegal campaign financing over an invoice system his party and the Bygmalion firm allegedly used to conceal unauthorised overspending.

    He was accused of spending €17 million (£14m) over the €22.5m (£19m) cap.

    Mr Sarkozy announced his bid for next year’s presidential election last month and faces a selection contest in November against a dozen other candidates.

    But even if judges approve a prosecution, a trial is unlikely before next spring’s election.

    If Mr Sarkozy is elected, he would gain presidential immunity and would not be able to stand trial in the case before the end of the five-year term.


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