French court rejects ex-president Sarkozy’s appeal in ‘Bygmalion’ case

Published: October 25, 2018 13:37:43 | Updated: October 28, 2018 15:25:15

Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy - Reuters photo

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has lost an appeal against an earlier decision to send him to trial over charges of illegal campaign financing, in a case known as the ‘Bygmalion’ affair.

A Paris court said on Thursday that it had rejected Sarkozy’s appeal.

The Bygmalion affair centers on claims that Sarkozy’s party, then known as the UMP, connived with a friendly PR company to hide the true cost of his 2012 presidential election campaign, reports Reuters.

France sets limits on campaign spending, and it is alleged the firm Bygmalion invoiced Sarkozy’s party rather than the campaign, allowing the UMP to spend almost double the amount permitted.

Sarkozy denies charges of wrongdoing.

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