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The French Court of Cassation confirms the trial against Sarkozy for illegal financing

October 1, 2019


The Court of Cassation of France has rejected the appeal presented by former president Nicolas Sarkozy to avoid the opening of an oral trial for the alleged irregular financing of his 2012 campaign, so finally the former president will have to sit on the bench next to more of a dozen people.

The court has thus endorsed the previous ruling and has overturned Sarkozy's plans to avoid 'in extremis' a trial against him for the so-called 'Bygmalion case', according to sources quoted by the newspaper 'Le Monde'. After this long procedural battle, it is now necessary to define the start date of the views.

The case focuses on clarifying whether the party led by Sarkozy, the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), colluded with a public relations company to hide the true cost of the 2012 presidential election campaign. Sarkozy ended up losing these elections, in which the socialist François Hollande prevailed.

France sets limits on campaign expenses and it is believed that the Bygmalion company rigged bills to allow the UMP to spend twice the amount allowed by the legislation. The former president denies all charges against him.

The Court of Cassation had already ruled in June in favor of the start of a trial against Sarkozy for crimes of corruption and influence peddling for allegedly using his power to obtain privileged information on a case incumbent on him.

Sarkozy is accused in this case of raising the promotion in Monaco of Azibert, a former general lawyer in the Court of Cassation, in exchange for information on the progress of another procedure in which Liliane Bettencourt, heiress of L'Oréal, was investigated Illegally funded your campaign.