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France's Sarkozy convicted of illegal campaign financing

Photo taken on taken on November 20, 2016 in Paris shows former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (Photo by IAN LANGSDON / POOL / AFP)

PARIS: A French court on Thursday convicted former president Nicolas Sarkozy of illegal campaign financing over massive overspending on his 2012 re-election campaign, six months after he was given a jail term for corruption in a separate trial.

Sarkozy, 66, who spent nearly twice the legal limit on his failed bid for a second term in office, will find out his sentence when the judge finishes reading her verdict.

 

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