Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was absent this Thursday from the first day of the trial against him in the Bygmalion case, which investigates the irregular funding of his 2012 election campaign, two months after he was sentenced to three years in jail for corruption.
The trial was due to take place in March but has been postponed due to the illness of the lawyer for Jerome Lavrilleux, the main defendant in the conspiracy and former director of Sarkozy’s election campaign, who is not expected to appear in court until June that he was a victim of persecution following his recent conviction for which he must serve at least a year.
In the so-called “Bygmalion” case, thirteen other people sit next to Sarkozy on the dock. The former president is being investigated into the cost of his 2012 re-election campaign, which exceeded 42 million euros, exceeding the 22.5 million euros set out in French electoral law.
A few years ago, the French press announced that the communications company Bygmalion had billed the Union much higher amounts for a popular movement (UMP), whose party was Sarzoky, for loans that never took place but that served to hide the millionaire numbers used to fund his re-election campaign.
In this case, Sarkozy faces a year in prison and a fine of 3,750 euros, according to the France Info station.
The rest of the defendants, including members of the UMP, workers from Bygmalion, whose sentences could be higher as they face various crimes of complicity, forgery of documents or fraud.