Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been found guilty of illegal campaign financing and faces possible jail.
He was sentenced in the case brought in 2010 by the French courts, which found that Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign had illegally spent 20 million euros ($26 million). Sarkozy could be jailed for three years and fined 12 million euros.
Earlier this month, France’s highest court of appeal accepted Sarkozy’s appeal against the lower court’s ruling and dismissed the appeal. The decision was made on November 2.
On Thursday, a court in France acquitted six other defendants in the case.
New president Francois Fillon, a Sarkozy ally, was confirmed as the next president of France on May 7, pledging to “drain the swamp” of graft.
Sarkozy played a key role in Euro 2008 and London 2012
Sarkozy was a national football team captain before entering politics
Sarkozy was very close to Tony Blair
Sarkozy was considered a star candidate in the right-wing UMP party’s 2010 presidential primaries, but many believed he could have become France’s first UMP candidate to win the presidency since 1983. Sarkozy resigned as president and resigned from the UMP after a far-right candidate beat the UMP candidate in the final round of the 2012 election.
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Sarkozy had attempted to withdraw from the court case after the first finding in November 2015, but the court rejected his appeal and fined him, saying he could not make a new appeal for a judgement.