Ex-French President Sarkozy loses latest court appeal

PARIS: 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.

The Bygmalion affair centres 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.

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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