Paris, 17 June 2021 (dpa/MIA) – French prosecutors have called for a one-year jail sentence for former president Nicolas Sarkozy in a case regarding alleged irregularities with his campaign finances.
Six months of the sentence would be on probation, French news agency AFP reported on Thursday. Sarkozy was also called on to pay a fine of 3,750 euros (4,468 dollars).
Sarkozy was president of France between 2007 and 2012. He is accused of illegal financing of his campaign for his failed re-election in 2012.
Campaign financing in France is limited to ensure equal opportunities among candidates.
At the time of the 2012 election, the spending limit was 22.5 million euros (27.3 million dollars), but Sarkozy‘s team is alleged to have spent at least 42.8 million euros on the campaign.
Sarkozy‘s party UMP, which is now known as the Republicans, is alleged to have concealed the additional spending through fake bills.
Negotiations in the trial are scheduled to end next week, and the verdict is to be announced at a later date.
Thirteen other defendants also face charges of fraud or aiding and abetting.
Sarkozy is also under investigation for allegedly accepting payments from Libya in his election campaign in 2007.
In a separate case, Sarkozy was sentenced to three years, including two on probation, in March on charges of corruption and influence peddling. Sarkozy has announced that he will appeal the verdict.