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Sarkozy Convicted of Campaign Finance Violations From 2012

  • Ex-president deliberately exceeded spending limits: judge
  • Sarkozy sentenced to one-year term, but will appeal ruling
Nicolas Sarkozy on Sept. 22.

Nicolas Sarkozy on Sept. 22.

Photographer: Francois Lo Presti/AFP/Getty Images

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Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty of deliberately breaking campaign-finance rules in his failed 2012 re-election bid, in another humiliating defeat for the former French president after his conviction for corruption earlier this year. 

The Paris criminal court ruled Thursday that Sarkozy brushed aside accountants’ warnings and knowingly exceeded spending limits in a bid to win over voters. Judge Caroline Viguier handed him a one-year sentence but his lawyer said he would appeal, which suspends its entry into force.