Prosecutors are seeking six months in prison for former President Nicolas Sarkozy

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Prosecutors today demanded a one-year prison sentence, six months without suspension, against the former C presidentNicolas Sarkozy, on trial in Paris for excessive spending of his 2012 election campaign.

At the end of the indictment, prosecutors highlighted the former head of state’s “complete disgrace” in managing the campaign finances, which cost almost twice the allowable ceiling, and also demanded a € 3,750 fine.

THE Sarkozy, absent from the hearing, is due to be heard on 20 May.

Prosecutors have also demanded suspended sentences of 18 months to four years in prison for the 13 co-accused being tried alongside Sarkozy for spending too much on his presidential campaign.

Prosecutors have demanded a three-year suspended sentence and a 50,000-euro fine for former campaign deputy Jerome Lavrigier, the only one to admit fraud.

At the expense of the three former executives of Bygmalion, the company responsible for Sarkozy’s meetings, who admitted to accepting the introduction of the system of false invoices, prosecutors demanded 18 months suspended imprisonment.

In early March, Nicolas Sarkozy became the first former president since 1958 to be sentenced to life in prison without parole: he had been sentenced to three years in prison, two of which were suspended for corruption and unlawful influence, and had appealed.

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