Prosecutors are demanding a six-month real prison term and a fine for former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is being tried in the campaign finance case (the so-called “Bigmalion case”).
This is reported by Le Figaro.
The case concerns the financing of the unsuccessful election campaign of Sarkozy in 2012 — the real costs for it could have been twice as much as the allowed amounts.
Prosecutors allege that Sarkozy’s Conservative party spent almost twice the 22.5 million euros allowed by the election law on lavish campaign rallies, and then hired a friendly public relations agency to hide the expenses.
The ex-president insists that he did not commit any illegal actions.
Prosecutors are asking for a year in prison for the ex-president, including six months of probation, and a 3750 euro fine.
The trial in the case continues from May 20-after a break due to the coronavirus disease of lawyer Sarkozy. In addition to Sarkozy, there are 13 other defendants in the dock. They face a more severe penalty — from 2 to 4 years in prison and tens of thousands of euros in fines.
Earlier this year, Sarkozy was sentenced to one year in prison and a two-year suspended sentence for corruption. He appealed the verdict.